Ten Facts About St. Patrick
1. Patrick’s birth name was Maewyn Succat.
2. At the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped from his home in Britain and sold as a slave in Ireland. He remained in captivity for six years working as a shepherd.
3. It was during this captivity that Maewyn began praying regularly and strengthened his relationship with God.
4. After being told in a dream to flee, Maewyn ran away from his captors and found passage on a boat to France.
5. After 3 days of sailing, the boat landed, and the men began walking towards the nearest city.
6. Twenty-nine days later, the group was still walking and completely out of supplies. Maewyn prayed for food, and God sent a herd of swine (BACON!).
7. Maewyn eventually returned to England, and his family urged him to remain with them.
8. In yet another dream, Maewyn was told to become a missionary to the animistic people of Ireland.
9. During his ministry, he led thousands of Irish people to Christ and started hundreds of churches.
10. As a missionary, Maewyn’s name was changed to Patrick. St. Patrick’s Day is a Catholic holiday which honors St. Patrick for his dedicated service to the Lord.