On March 17th in the United States, we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with parades, festivals, feasts, shamrocks and leprechauns. Our students should learn that St. Patrick was a real person who lived in Ireland near the end of the 4th century. He is the patron saint of Ireland, a devout Christian who dreamed of converting his people to Christianity and accepted this mission wholeheartedly. Ordained as a priest, Patrick was guided by visions and preached to the pagan people in a way that they could understand and appreciate.
Much of what we hear about St. Patrick is perpetuated by myth and legend based on the symbols and traditions passed down to modern day. Something, you may not know, however, is that many of the things we use today were invented by the Irish.