St. Patrick, known as the Apostle of Ireland, lived during the fourth and fifth centuries, and, due to his many popular followings, many legends exist concerning his life and his works. St. Patrick was born around the year 389 on the Island of Briton and considered himself to be both Roman and British. At the age of 16, he was captured by an Irish raiding party and sold into slavery. As a slave, Patrick worked as a shepherd and was given little to satisfy his needs. After six years of slavery, Patrick was given the chance to escape and he took it, traveling first to France and later back home. While in slavery, Patrick realized the spiritual need of the Irish people and decided to address this problem. After studying for the priesthood and ordination, Patrick began to seek support for his plan of being a missionary to Ireland. At the age of 46, Patrick was ordained a bishop and sent to Ireland as a missionary. At first, Patrick met with much resistance from the native pagan religions, but he soon began to instill a deep sense of Christianity through prayers, example, and instruction. Within a relatively short time of first embracing the Faith, Ireland was on fire with the Spirit and sending missionaries across the world to spread the Word of God. Patrick penned several works, some of which are still in existence, and shared much of his enthusiasms for the Faith with the people he converted. St. Patrick died around the year 461 and is buried in the area of Ulster in the

3 Responses to “Saint Patrick of Ireland”

  • 20mbarry:

    There were differences in practice amongst the Celtic churches (date of Easter, form of tonsure etc) to the ones used by other churches, in much the same way as today Eastern rite Catholics (Melchite, Maronite,etc etc have their own traditions but are still in full communion with the Roman church. St Patrick, as with St David, St Beuno, St Dyfrig & other Celtic Christians, was a member of the Roman Catholic communion Haggerty. Repeating a myth over and over does not make it a fact.

  • MagicTellaVision:

    Dear Born Again Pagan Celts let’s Celebrate a Reveres Paradox,
    on March 17th let’s PROMOTE CELTIC PAGAN LIBERATION DAY! If your are proud to be a Born Again Pagan Celt then wear all green and silkscreen on your underwear CELTIC PAGAN PRIDE for the Hill of Tara

  • HaggertyClan:

    I share your love of Patrick, but it’s important to know that his way was humble. Patrick wore no Mitre, and was no Roman Catholic, no fancy clothes. He was a Romanized Celt living in Brittany prior to the Anglos (English) influence on the region. The Celtic Church grew for 7 centuries after Patrick and before Roman Catholicism imposed its rule over Ireland. His ministry resulted in mass vows of poverty as people shared what they had, hospitality and humility were among their highest values.

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