St. Patrick

The patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick (389?-461) was born near the west coast of Britain, the son of a Roman civil servant. At age sixteen Patrick was carried off by Irish raiders and sold as a slave in Ireland, where he worked as a shepherd for six years. During this time he became very religious, spending long hours in prayer and meditation.

Patrick finally escaped Ireland by means of a ship sailing to the European continent. He was reunited…

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