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St. Patrick: Man, Myth & Holiday

St. Patrick's Story

St. Patrick of Ireland is one of the world's most popular saints. Along with St. Nicholas and St. Valentine, the secular world shares our love of these saints. Many legends and stories of St. Patrick exsist, but this is his story.

St. Patrick's Day Quotes

St. Patrick's day quotes that help sum up this rowdy and revered holiday

Irish Recipes for St. Patrick's Day

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in true Irish style with "the freshest of food and oldest of drink."

St. Patrick's Day Challenge

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John Kinsella

It is Not too late for a Musical St. Patrick's Day.

By Robert Reilly • Catholic Online • 3/30/2014

The quality of these four works by John Kinsella is such that the fact that all 10 symphonies are not available in recordings constitutes some kind of scandal. There is no room here to give individual impressions of the four symphonies. In general, I would say that Kinsella offers a potent ...

On the Day after St Patrick: We Need Saint Patrick's for a New Missionary Age

By Deacon Keith Fournier • Catholic Online • 3/18/2014

Patrick teaches us some effective strategies for our work in the contemporary culture of the West.  When Patrick once again landed in Ireland in 432, tasked by the Holy Spirit with evangelizing a pagan people, he drew from a deep, living, dynamic faith. He understood the challenges he ...

St. Patrick is a Model for this new missionary age

St. Patrick: Saint for the New Evangelization and Missionary Model for Today

By Deacon Keith Fournier • Catholic Online • 3/17/2014

We need to learn from this great missionary for our work in a Pre-Christian West. Patrick saw what was good in the culture and "baptized" what could be redeemed. He respected the civil order, but never compromised the true faith. He won the next generation, preaching the Gospel without compromise ...

Saint Patrick in blue vestments.

Bet you didn't know these 10 things about St. Patrick and Ireland!

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 3/17/2014

The most kids know of St. Patrick 's Day is that you must wear green or you'll get a pinch from your friends. Adults see the day as an occasion to celebrate, sometimes with green beer and other assorted alcoholic beverages. However, few really know what they are celebrating or why the holiday is so ...

After the Corned Beef: St. Patrick Challenges Modern Christians to be Missionaries

By Deacon Keith Fournier • Catholic Online • 3/17/2014

We need to learn a lesson from this great missionary. He saw what was good in the culture and "baptized" what could be redeemed. He respected the civil order, but never compromised the faith. Then, he went for the next generation with all his efforts, preaching the Gospel without compromise and ...

St. Patrick in the Catholic Encyclopedia

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Croagh Patrick, i.e. St. Patrick's mountain. This mountain was one of his places of retreat and stories state this is where his ministry to Ireland began.

St. Patrick's Purgatory, one of his chosen places of solitude and retreat was the island of Lough Derg.

Patrician Brothers, founding the Religious congregation of the Brothers of Saint Patrick.

Maynooth College, the National College of Saint Patrick, at Maynooth in County Kildare, about twelve miles from Dublin, founded in the year 1795.

Marie de France contributions to French literature consist of lays, the "Ysopet", and a romance published by Roquefort under the title, "Legend of the Purgatory of Saint Patrick"

Aubrey Thomas Hunt de Vere traces the progress of spiritual thought in the development of the nations, notably Ireland, in "The Legend of St. Patrick" (London, 1872)

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Saint of the Day: St. Padre Pio

St. Padre Pio

Francesco, named in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, was born to Giuseppa and Grazio Forgione, peasant farmers, in the small Italian village of Pietrelcina on May 25, 1887. From his childhood, it was evident that he was a special child of God. Francesco was very devout even as a child, and at an early age felt drawn to the priesthood. He became a Capuchin novice ... continue reading



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St. Barbara

Barbara lived in the 4th century and brought up as a heathen. A tyrannical father, Dioscorus, had kept her jealously secluded in a lonely tower which he had built for that purpose. Here, in her forced solitude, she gave herself to prayer and study, and contrived to receive instruction and Baptism in secret by a Christian priest. Barbara resisted her father's ... continue reading


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St. Gabriel, the Archangel

St. Gabriel, the Archangel

The name Gabriel means "man of God," or "God has shown himself mighty." It appears first in the prophesies of Daniel in the Old Testament. The angel announced to Daniel the prophecy of the seventy weeks. His name also occurs in the apocryphal book of Henoch. He was the angel who appeared to Zachariah to announce the birth of St. John the Baptizer. Finally, he ... continue reading



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The blessed Cyprian suffered martyrdom on 14 September, under the emperors Valerian and Gallienus, but in the reign of our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom is honor and glory for ever. Amen.
Pope Cornelius and Bishop Cyprian are Examples for this Age of Martyrs

God and his angels look down upon us; Christ, who looks on as we do battle in the contest of faith. What great dignity and glory are ... continue reading

Saint Clare Shows Us How The Path of Simplicity Can Lead To A Greater Love for Christ

We learn from St. Clare both the importance of giving one's life to Christ as well as the sublime, eternal rewards of doing so. When we ... continue reading




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