- St. Patrick gives only the names of his father, Calpornius, and paternal grandfather, Potitus. He says his father was a deacon and his grandfather a priest. Though later writers further explained his family tree. Jocelin and MacEvin say his mother was a Frankish woman named Conceis. Conceis was said to be related to Saint Martin of Tours. Though MacEvin claims she was his sister and Jocelin says she was his niece.
- St. Patrick never mentions having any siblings in his works, but Jocelin and MacEvin claim he had a sister named Lupita.
- From St. Patrick’s own works, we gather he was kidnapped from his home at about the age of sixteen and brought to Ireland alongside thousands of others to be sold as slaves. Patrick worked as a shepherd for six years. Jocelin says he was slave to a pagan prince named Milcho, though Patrick says nothing specific of his captor. Saying only he was “the man with whom I had been for six years”.
- Jocelin and MacEvin ascribe many miracles to St. Patrick in his youth, and describe him as pious from his early years. Though Patrick himself seems to contradict these statements. In reference to his capture in his youth, he says that “at that time, I did not know the true God”.
- St. Patrick is often said to have used the shamrock to explain to the Irish pagans the concept of the Trinity. Despite the fame of this story the shamrock or its significance to such a way is never mentioned in any work by St. Patrick and is apparently a much later legend attached to him.
- St. Patrick, despite being known as the Patron Saint of Ireland, was never formally canonized. His recognition as a saint was done through popular opinion, and likely with the approval of a bishop. Though he’s far from the only saint to never have been formally canonized. In fact, the church had no formal process for sainthood until the twelfth century. So it’s safe to assume St. Patrick will always be considered a saint.
- The date of the 17th of March was chosen for St. Patrick’s feast day on account of it being the day he is said to have died. The year was said to have been 461, but we do not know for certain.
- The St. Patrick you know may in fact be based on several people. While we are quite certain that St. Patrick was a historical person, it’s possible that the folkloric character may be derived from two different people. Patrick of Wales and the previously mentioned bishop Palladius. The two bishops had stories about them circulating until they became one unified preacher.
Britannica – Saint Patrick
Irich Central – St Patrick Was Never Canonized
Telegraph – Ireland’s Patron Saint
BBC – Saint Patrick/fusion_toggle]
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