Maewyn Succat, aka Saint Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland

By patrick quinn | Mar 17, 2018

Maewyn Succat aka Saint Patricius (Latin), Padraig (Irish), Patrick was born in Roman Britain about the fifth century.  His father, Deacon Calpurnius was a Roman Decurion, leader of ten soldiers; his mother, Conchessa was a close relative of the great patron Saint Martin of Tours; and his grandfather, Potitus was a Catholic priest. They were a family of high social standing.

At 16 years of life he was captured by pirates and spent 6 years in captivity in Ireland.  This extreme hardship brought him to Christianity.  He escaped and many years later returned to Ireland as Bishop of Ireland.  He was responsible for curtailing slavery at the time.  March 17th is the celebration of his mortal death and his resurrection to eternal life.  Happy Saint Paddy's day to all!

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