The life of St. Patrick remains somewhat of a mystery. Some scholars insist that the person, who was to become the patron saint of Ireland, was born in Wales about 385 AD, and his given name was Maewyn. Others believe that apostle of Ireland was born at Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton, in Scotland, in 387 AD. Kilpatrick still retains many memorials of Saint Patrick.
It is known that St. Patrick was born in Britain to wealthy parents Calphurnius and Conchessa near the end of the fourth century. Calphurnius belonged to a Roman family of high rank and held the position of Christian deacon in Gaul or Britain. Conchessa was a near relative of the great patron of Gaul, St. Martin of Tours.
At the age of sixteen, Patrick was taken prisoner by a group of Irish raiders who were attacking his family's estate. They transported him to Ireland where he spent six years in captivity. During this time, he worked as a shepherd, outdoors and away from people. Lonely and afraid, he turned to his religion for solace, becoming a devout Christian.
After more than six years as a prisoner, Patrick escaped. To do so, Patrick walked nearly 200 miles. After escaping to Britain, he studied in the monastery under St. Germain, bishop of Auxerre. The course of study lasted more than fifteen years. He became aware that his calling was to convert the pagans of Ireland to Christianity. But his superiors instead appointed St. Palladius. However, two years later, Palladius transferred to Scotland. Patric...
A servant of God who was ordered to convert the snakes and drive out the Irish. Unfortunately like most of the Irish he was drunk and got it reversed.
St Patrick driving the snakes out of Ireland is a myth. The Irish ate them all during a famine.
The Roman church official best known for his enthusiastic persecution of the native peoples of Ireland for practicing their ancestral faiths and whose death is celebrated annually by getting piss drunk and wearing particularly unflattering shades of green. His feast day is celebrated most enthusiastically in the United States, often by those who share neither the Saint's faith nor heritage and who seem to have conflated him with the leprechaun from the Lucky Charms cereal box.
I bought a bottle of Bushmills to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
I think St. Patrick actually saved the Irish from the potato famine by following the rainbow to a pot of cereal with marshmallows and a keg of green beer. So the people had cereal with marshmallows and the grown ups drank green beer until they weren’t hungry. Then they picked bouquets of four leaf clovers and danced around to a fiddle music with the rats. - Tressa
Hey, St. Patrick, thanks for the green beer and that thing you did to save all our potatoes!