Saint Patrick: A Bite-sized Biography

Saint Patrick’s Day is good time to wear green (or get a pinch!), celebrate the coming of spring and maybe hope for a little good luck in the form of a four-leaf clover. Traditions are fun, but like any holiday, it’s important to discover why we have it in the first place.

Who Was Saint Patrick?

St Patrick in stained glass
Image: St. Patrick's Catholic Church; Junction City, Ohio.

Today we celebrate the feast of Saint Patrick, the patron of Ireland and one of the best-loved figures in the Catholic Church. Sometimes it seems that Patrick can't be separated from the myths about him and the cultural trappings associated with his feast day: the snakes and shamrocks, the green beer, corned beef and cabbage.