Saint Patrick, heralded as Ireland’s Apostle, was born around 387 in Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton, Scotland. His demise was in Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, on 17 March 461. His lineage traced back to Romans in Britain, Calpurnius and Conchessa, overseeing colonial affairs. At fourteen, Patrick’s life took a sharp turn; he was captured by raiders and enslaved in Ireland, a realm of druids and paganism. This period honed his linguistic and cultural assimilation.

In captivity, Patrick sought solace in prayer, his faith deepening remarkably. He recounted, “The love of God and his fear grew in me more and more, as did the faith, and my soul was rosed, so that, in a single day, I have said as many as a hundred prayers and in the night, nearly the same.” “I prayed in the woods and on the mountain, even before dawn. I felt no hurt from the snow or ice or rain.”

Escape came at twenty, following a divine vision guiding him to the coast, where he encountered sailors who facilitated his return to Britain and reunion with his family.

Another vision impelled him towards priesthood, culminating in ordination by St. Germanus of Auxerre, his mentor for years.

Consecrated as a bishop, Patrick was tasked with evangelizing Ireland, landing on its shores on 25 March 433 at Slane. An encounter with a hostile chieftain, Dichu, turned miraculous, leading to Dichu’s conversion.

Patrick’s mission across Ireland was transformative, converting multitudes and establishing churches. His message resonated across social strata, converting kings, families, and kingdoms. His disciples, including Beningnus, Auxilius, Iserninus, and Fiaac, continued his legacy.

For four decades, Patrick’s evangelism reshaped Ireland, evidenced by his numerous miracles and heartfelt writings in “Confessions”. Embracing a life of poverty and sacrifice, Patrick passed on 17 March 461, leaving an indelible mark on Ireland’s spiritual landscape.

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  1. Happy St Patricks Day Holy St Patrick.. You works are known by the Lord please pray for me and my family so that our works are known and loved by our Lord.

  2. We love you St. Patrick! Thank you for bringing so many to the faith and making me feel lucky to have been born part Irish! My irish eyes are smiling! 🙂

  3. Dear St Patrick, I met an Irishman named after You and he is so proud of that. I met him on the net and we are getting to know each other now. Please intercede for me in my prayers, that I hope he is the perfect man that God has sent for me to be my partner in life. Thank you so much for the answered prayer….

  4. Thank you for your suffrage. I am proud to be Catholic. I pray that St Patrick will look after me and my family. And I pray for our new Pope

  5. Dear St Patrick , I pray to you on this your feast day for a full recovery from ovarian cancer. I trust in my faith and I ask you to intercede for me to the Lord our God for his mercy and healing graces so that I may live a long and happy life with my husband to be Rory. God be with us all. Amen

  6. Dear St Patrick though I am not Irish I have always loved you, I named my fourth son after you. I am asking you on this your feast day to please help him. he is in confusion in regard to his faith, he needs physical, spiritual and emotional help, he lost his job and is alone – Pleas interceed for him to God and ask Our Blessed Mother to assist him in all his needs – Thank you St Patrick Amen

  7. St. Patrick please intercede for my family brothers, sister, nieces and daughter to find work work or to be confirmed at work. St. Patrick pray for us.

  8. Dear St. Patrick,
    in your humility you called yourself a sinner,
    but you became a most successful missionary
    and prompted countless pagans
    to follow the Saviour.
    Many of their descendents in turn
    spread the Good News in numerous foreign lands.
    Through your powerful intercession with God,
    obtain the missionaries we need
    to continue the work you began.

  9. Saint Patrick, pray for us. Intercede for Father Patrick Mary, whose homily I have just heard on EWTN today, about the gospel of Matthew, etc. Bring him every joy and blessing during his ministry, with such astute observations and mature wisdom at such a young age. I watched the life story of Saint Patrick a few days ago, and am astounded by your incessant heroic virtue. Humility, poverty, celibacy, obedience with prudence. You didn’t always do what you were told, but had patience and perseverance to carry out only God’s will. Steadfast and effective. Bless the Irish wherever they live, as the ancestors of your converts. Amen.


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