|St. Patrick was Italian!
Patrick's family was of Roman decent and lived in Roman-occupied Britannia. As a adolescent, Patrick was taken prisoner by an Irish tribal king and brought back to Ireland. Eventually freed, after a religious pilgrimage to Rome he was appointed a Bishop by Pope Celestine. The story goes that during one of travels in Ireland, Patrick and his followers encountered an Irish tribal king who thought they were there to rob him. However Patrick held out his hand, smiled at him, and the tribal king saw a golden aura around Patrick, and thus the tribal king became the first convert of Patrick in Ireland. Patrick would use the clover in his missionary work which is how the symbol is associated with him today. Click here to learn more.
We invite you to celebrate the feast of St. Patrick with us on Saturday, March 17.