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St. Patrick

Also known as Apostle of Ireland, Maewyn, Succat Patricius, Patrizio

Memorial 17 March

Profile Kidnapped from the British mainland around age 16, and shipped to Ireland as a slave. Sent to the mountains as a shepherd, he spent his time in prayer. After six years of this life, he received had a dream in which he was commanded to return to Britain; seeing it as a sign, he escaped. He studied in several monasteries in Europe. Priest. Bishop. Sent by Pope Celestine to evangelize England, then Ireland, during which his chariot driver was Saint Odran, and Saint Jarlath was one of his spiritual students. In 33 years he effectively converted the Ireland. In the Middle Ages Ireland became known as the Land of Saints, and during the Dark Ages its monasteries were the great repositories of learning in Europe, all a consequence of Patrick's ministry.

Born between 387 and 390 at Scotland as Maewyn Succat

Died between 461 and 464 at Saul, County Down, Ireland Canonized Pre-Congregation Name Meaning warlike (Succat - pagan birth name); noble (Patricius - baptismal name)

Patronage against ophidiophobia ,against snakes , Ireland, excluded people, fear of snakes ,snake bites

Representation baptismal font, demons, harp ,bishop, driving snakes before him ,bishop trampling on snakes, snakes cross Purgatory serpent shamrock

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