St. Patrick’s History

It is known that St. Patrick was born in Britain to wealthy parents near the end of the fourth century. He is believed to have died on March 17, around 460 A.D.

Although his father was a Christian deacon, it has been suggested that when he was young he did not take an interest in religion.

At the age of 16, Patrick was taken prisoner by a group of Irish raiders who were attacking his family’s estate. They moved 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. He soon heard a voice that sounded like God that told him to leave.

Patrick walked 200 miles until he boarded a boat that would take him to his home Britain. But he could not forget Ireland or the people. In a dream he saw an angle who told him to go back to Ireland as a missionary.

After a few years Patrick became a priest and headed back to Ireland. For the next 40 years he traveled all around Ireland to spread the Christian faith among all the people.

After he died on march 17 his legend was spread greatly


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