St Patrick was born in Roman Britain and was sold into slavery by Irish pirates at age 14.
At that time, Ireland was a land of Druids and pagans, but Patrick retained his Christian faith. At age 20 he escaped captivity and returned to his family in Britain.
He began to study for the priesthood and was ordained by St Germanus. He later became a bishop and was sent to Ireland.
Patrick preached and converted all of Ireland for 40 years. He worked many miracles and wrote of his love of God in his memoir “The Confession”. He often used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity and entire kingdoms were converted to Christianity after hearing Patrick’s message.
After years of ministering to the people of Ireland, living in poverty and enduring much suffering, Patrick died on March 17, 461. He is believed to be buried in Down Cathedral, Downpatrick, Ireland.
“The Breastplate” – Patrick’s poem of faith and trust in God
Christ be within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me,
Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ inquired, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.