The Episcopal Church remembers St. Patrick of Ireland on March 17.
Here's a character sketch of St. Patrick I thought you might find of interest.
He was a very special Christian.
Blessings, love and hugs,
Patrick, Bishop and Missionary, Apostle to Ireland, Died March 17, 461. Scarcely any saint has been as celebrated as Patrick. He was born of Christian parents in Roman Britain. At sixteen he was captured by barbarian raiders and carried off to Ireland as a slave. After six years as a swineherd he escaped and eventually returned to Britain. To the astonishment of family and friends, he resolved to return to Ireland as a missionary, and began a long period of intensive training in France. After many hardships and disappointments he was able to return to the land of his bondage as a missionary bishop. Patrick was not the first Christian missionary to Ireland but he was by far the most successful. Patrick himself has left us a record of his experiences in his "Confessions" -how he confronted the fierce King of Tara and how he confounded the proud Druids. His sound and effective teaching is reflected in a hymn,
"I bind unto myself today" (see the Hymnal 1982, number 370).
Most of Patrick's work was done in the northern part of the island. His headquarters were at Armagh.
He made a famous pilgrimage into the mountains of Mayo. He died at Saul in Ulster.
It is said that he found a heathen Ireland but left a Christian one.
"Bless your servant Patrick, O Lord, and all the people of Ireland."
Source of this information: " Saints Galore," by David L. Veal.
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