Saint Patrick is the patron saint most commonly associated with Ireland. In fact, he’s referred too as the Apostle of Ireland quite frequently. There’s plenty to learn about the patron saint of Ireland, and we’ve gathered some highlights for you here.
Saint Patrick was born in Scotland, but was captured and taken to Ireland when he was just a boy. He grew up there as a slave amongst the non-Christians who lived there. Patrick finally escaped slavery by fleeing to the Irish coast. God told him to do so in a dream.
Patrick became a priest after his escape, and eventually was ordained bishop. St. Patrick continued having a similar dream for many years involving Ireland. The children and mothers of Ireland called out to him in it. He knew he must go back and change the pagan ways of the Irish. He returned to Ireland to spread God’s Word. The spread of Christianity into Ireland is largely due to St. Patrick’s efforts. Patrick and his supporters traveled all over the country sharing the Gospel. This continued for 40 years.
March 17th was the day that St. Patrick died, and so it is now his feast day. It has also become somewhat of a celebration for Irish heritage. That’s wonderful, but don’t forget to honor St. Patrick the person as well.