St. Patrick

Dates: ca. 389 - ca. 461
Feast: March 17
Image Source: Private Collection / © Look and Learn / The Bridgeman Art Library
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.