St. Patrick of Ireland is one of the world's most popular saints. He was born in Roman Britain and when he was fourteen or so, he was captured by Irish pirates during a raiding party and taken to Ireland as a slave to herd and tend sheep. At the time, Ireland was a land of Druids and pagans but Patrick turned to God and wrote his memoir, The Confession. In The Confession, he wrote: "The love of God and his fear grew in me more and more, as did the faith, and my soul was rosed, so that, in a single day, I have said as many as a hundred prayers and in the night, nearly the same. I prayed in the woods and on the mountain, even before dawn. I felt no hurt from the snow or ice or rain."
Patrick's captivity lasted until he was twenty, when he escaped after having a dream from God in which he was told to leave Ireland by going to the coast. There he found some sailors who took him back to Britain and was reunited with his family.
He studied in several monasteries in Europe. He was 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 country of 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.
One of our homes in Wainwright chose St. Patrick as their patron Saint. The residents at this home say that the staff "are loving and caring and dedicated in assisting us with our every day needs." St. Patrick was hopeful and full of happiness. He taught people how to be kind. Everyone in this home agrees that it is full of laughter, happiness, and kindness to one another.