Christian Missionary to Ireland


Born in Roman Britain. Calpurnius, his father, was a decurion and deacon, his grandfather Potitus a priest, from Banna Venta Berniae though identified in one tradition as Glannoventa, modern Ravenglass in Cumbria, England; claims have been advanced for locations in both Scotland and Wales. Pádraig, however, was not an active believer. At the age of just sixteen Pádraig was captured by a group of Irish pirates. They brought him to Ireland where he was enslaved and held captive for six years. While in captivity, Pádraig worked as a shepherd and strengthened his relationship with God through prayer eventually leading him to convert to Christianity.

After six years of captivity, he heard a voice telling him that he would soon go home, and then that his ship was ready. Fleeing his master, he traveled to a port, two hundred miles away, where he found a ship and with difficulty persuaded the captain to take him. After three days sailing they landed, presumably in Prydain, and apparently all left the ship, walking for 28 days in a “wilderness”, becoming faint from hunger. After Pádraig prayed for sustenance, they encountered a herd of wild boar; since this was shortly after Pádraig had urged them to put their faith in God, his prestige in the group was greatly increased. After various adventures, he returned home to his family, now in his early twenties. After returning home to Prydain, Pádraig continued to study Christianity.

He studied in Europe principally at Auxerre, but is thought to have visited the Marmoutier Abbey, Tours and to have received the tonsure at Lérins Abbey. Saint Germanus of Auxerre ordained the young missionary.

Acting on a vision he ascribed to God, Pádraig returned to Ireland as a Christian missionary.


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