St. Patrick Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography

Instructor: Claire DeSaussure

Claire has worked in behavioral programs at the Elementary Level and has an MLS with a focus on Creative Writing.

St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. St. Patrick was so loved by the Irish people that the date of his death, March 17th, is remembered every year around the world.

St. Patrick's Day

Saint Patrick is probably the most famous Irishman that ever lived. On March 17th every year, people have parties, wear green clothes, and send shamrocks to each other. The city of Chicago even dyes its river green in his honor. So who, exactly, was St. Patrick?

The Chicago River dyed green
Chicago River

Young Patrick

In fact, St. Patrick wasn't really from Ireland. Patrick was born in Great Britain sometime around 420 A.D., though historians have a hard time pinning down the exact date and place, because it was such a long time ago.

In any case, Patrick was born into a wealthy family, and his father was a deacon (a kind of a leader with the church), but Patrick was not a strong believer in God or in religion.

Then at the age of 16, Patrick's life changed forever when Irish pirates kidnapped him, took him to Ireland, and forced him to work as a slave, caring for livestock.

Patrick's Dreams

Patrick stayed in Ireland for six years. He was scared, so he turned to prayer. One night, Patrick had a dream that a ship was waiting, and he knew it was the answer to his prayers. Patrick ran away from his master.

Patrick found a ship that took him home to Britain. But his dreams did not end there. In another, Patrick heard the voices of the Irish people calling and begging him to come back and help them learn more about Christianity (the religion based on the words of Jesus Christ).

Patrick did not want to go back to Ireland because he had missed a lot of school when he was a slave, and he thought he was not smart enough. But Patrick trusted in God, and he went anyway. As soon as Patrick got to Ireland, he knew he had made the right decision, and he began to spread the word of Jesus. Patrick worked hard and was eventually made a bishop. After his death, the people and bishops agreed that Patrick should be recognized as a saint. He was made the patron or protecting saint of Ireland.

An image of Saint Patrick made of stained glass
St. Patrick

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