My Saint Patrick Resources

My Saint Patrick resources are a mixture of religious, academic, mythical, and entertaining sources for those of you who want to know more about St. Patrick, his holiday, and his people


Saint Patrick Resources in Print

How the Irish Saved Civilization:
The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe


The impact of Thomas Cahill's bestseller is tremendous. Thanks to his work, the world now appreciates how remarkable St. Patrick's accomplishments are. Not only did he bring Christianity to a land the Roman's thought was too remote and hostile to bother with; he shined the light of literacy in Ireland in the midst of the Dark Ages.

Thanks to the monasteries, churches, and schools he founded, Ireland went from being a land of barbarians to the "isle of saints and scholars". If not for him, Western Civilization may very well have lost much of our cherished heritage. This is a must-read Saint Patrick resource.

Discovering Saint Patrick
Who says a scholarly study of St. Patrick's life and legend has to be boring? The best teachers, after all, make the complex interesting and entertaining. Thomas O'Loughlin's work here is the perfect example of a Saint Patrick resource that will teach as well as entertain.

St. Patrick of Ireland : A Biography
Philip Freeman presents a concise, yet comprehensive biography of St. Patrick. If you want to focus on what is known with relative certainty about Saint Patrick, without all the mythology thrown in the mix, this is the book for you.

Saint Patrick Resources Online

The Catholic Community Forum
Straightforward index of Catholic saints, including Saint Patrick of Ireland, with basic biographical profile and selection of graphics.

The Catholic Encyclopedia: St. Patrick. Patrick Francis Cardinal Moran. Transcribed by Mary Doorley. The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume XI. Copyright © 1911 by Robert Appleton Company. Online Edition Copyright © 2003 by K. Knight. Nihil Obstat, February 1, 1911. Remy Lafort, S.T.D., Censor Imprimatur. +John Cardinal Farley, Archbishop of New York.

Catholic Information Network. The "Confessio" of St. Patrick.
This autobiographical confession was written by Patrick himself, in Latin, around the year 450. It offers a unique record of life in the British Isles during those times. Born in Scotland, kidnapped and sold into slavery in Ireland as a teen, escaping probably to northern France, and returning to Ireland as a missionary after a prophetic dream... it's quite amazing that this record has survived! | Top 50 St Patrick's Day Facts
Entertaining list blending facts, myths, blessings, and trivia about Saint Patrick, his holiday, and the Irish culture.

"Saint Patrick."
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia. © 1994, 2000-2005, on Infoplease. © 2000-2005 Pearson Education, publishing as Infoplease. 12 Feb. 2006.

The Saint Patrick Centre, located in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland. Dedicated to the memory and legacy of Saint Patrick.

"St. Patrick and the Voice of the Irish"
Edmond Grace S.J.'s seven scholarly and eloquent articles about Saint Patrick of Ireland. If you are looking for a source of more extensive, reliable research about Saint Patrick of Ireland, this is the best resource I have found. It is also worth noting that, unlike many other scholarly resources, these articles are very thought-provoking and easy to read. Well worth a look.

St. Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh - Founded by the Saint in 445 A.D.
From the Ecclesiastical Capital of Ireland, this Cathedral Church of St. Patrick stands on one of the most ancient Christian sites in the British Isles.

"St. Patrick's Day: More Dallas than Dublin."
Infoplease. © 2000-2005 Pearson Education, publishing as Infoplease. 12 Feb. 2006.

Saint Patrick. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 21:01, February 05, 2006.

Saint. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 21:02, February 05, 2006.

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