St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated Friday, March 17th, 2023. Beyond the parades and wearing green, there are interesting facts about the man this day is named after.
Our facts about St. Patrick will teach you some interesting things about him. He’s well known for sharing the message of Christianity with Ireland.
10 Interesting Facts About St. Patrick
1. St. Patrick was born in Britain.
Before he became known as the Apostle of Ireland, St. Patrick was born in Britain. According to Brittanica, his original name may have actually been Maewyn Succat.
2. Patrick isn’t the only patron saint of Ireland.
There are two other recognized patron saints of Ireland. Brid of Kildare and Columba. Another interesting thing to note is St. Patrick was never canonized, though he is venerated as a saint.
3. It’s unclear when St. Patrick lived.
Most historians agree that he was likely alive during the fifth century.
4. Irish Pirates captured St. Patrick.
At age 16, it is recorded in his autobiographical Confession that he was captured by Irish pirates and enslaved.