St. Patrick was captured by slave traders and taken from his home in England to Ireland, a land he came to love. He spend six years as a shepherd, which gave him many hours for prayer. God told him to return to England, so Patrick fled his bondage. In England, Patrick became a priest. The Lord called him to go back to Ireland and serve Him there. Only a few of the Irish were Christians, so Patrick travelled the country preaching and building churches. His work ensured the long history of Catholicism in Ireland, the Land of Saints.