A Look At St. Patrick
According to Irish lore regarding St. Patrick he was actually born in Wales around 385
A.D. and given the name Maewyn. As a youth he was far from being a saint and actually
considered himself to be a pagan. Around the age of 16 he was kidnapped by pirates who
raided his village and sold into slavery in Ireland where he was forced to work as a
shepherd. It was during his captivity of about 6 years that he became closer to God.
It is said that he had a vision that directed him to a ship which allowed him to escape to
France where he then studied to be a priest under St. Germain, the bishop of Auxerre for
about twelve years. During this time he felt his calling was to bring pagans to
Patrick, as he was now called desired to fulfill his calling by going back to Ireland to
convert the pagans there to Christianity but he was overlooked by his superiors of the
church who sent St. Palladius as the first bishop in Ireland. Two years later Palladius was
sent to Scotland and Patrick got his wish and was made the second bishop to Ireland.
Patrick was so successful at converting converts that the Celtic Druids running the
country has him arrested several times, but every time he escaped. He set up schools,
churches, and monasteries all over Ireland to help him to bring the native populace to
One of the things that Patrick is aid to have done was to use the three leaf clover to teach
people the concept of the Holy Trinity. It has also been said that he raised people from
the dead, which of course was never substantiated.
One of the biggest legends surrounding Patrick was that he drove snakes from Ireland
though biologists tell us that there never were snakes in Ireland. He is also said to have
exiled a dragon to an Irish Lake until Judgment Day, though it is not known which lake
this was supposed to be.
In Ireland, March 17, believed to be either the Patrick's birthday or his death day, is a
time to celebrate the life of the beloved pat