Facts About The Real Saint Patrick

Did you know that:

  • He was born in Scotland around 388.
  • His parents were Roman aristocrats and his real name was Maewyn Succat.
  • After being forcefully brought to Ireland by marauders and living for several years as a slave, he escaped by walking over 200 miles to the coast, where a ship took him back to his home in Britain.
  • When he returned to Ireland in 433, a chieftain immediately tried to kill him. Allegedly, he could not raise his arm to strike the holy missionary.
  • Patrick has never been canonized by the Roman Catholic Church, and is therefore not officially a saint.
  • St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on the day of his death, March 17th.
  • He never drove any snakes out of Ireland, because snakes have never lived in Ireland.
  • The Christian church that Patrick helped found in Ireland did not recognize the religious authority of Rome until centuries after his death.
  • He did not believe he could write well. This may have been due to his being taken captive as a youth and missing a large part of his education.