East Texas Quarterly Magazine Spring 2014 - Page 15

The Patron Saint of Ireland was born into Roman Britain in the fourth century. He was captured as a teenager by Niall of the Nine Hostages who was to become a King of all Ireland. He was sold into slavery in Ireland and put to work as a shepherd. He worked in terrible conditions for six years, drawing comfort in the Christian faith that so many of his people had abandoned under Roman rule. Patrick had a dream that encouraged him to flee his captivity and to head south where a ship was to be waiting for him. He travelled over 200 miles from his northern captivity to Wexford town where, sure enough, a ship was waiting to enable his escape. Upon arrival in England he was captured by brigands and returned to slavery. He escaped after two months and spent the next seven years travelling Europe seeking his destiny. year 432 and, together with a small band of followers, travelled to Ireland to commence the conversion. Patrick confronted the most powerful man in I ɕ