The real story of St. Patrick

An essay series on the life and legend of a popular Irish saint.

There’s more to St. Patrick than shamrocks and beer

How a teen of Roman nobility became Ireland‘s ‘Holy Boy.’


How St. Patrick changed Ireland—and the church

We tell the story of St. Patrick not because it’s historical, but because it contains truth.


An Easter slave raid inspired this saint to pursue justice

St. Patrick spoke with fire on behalf of people who were oppressed.

Image: DonkeyHotey via Flickr, “Saint Patrick”, CC BY 2.0

About the author

Damian Costello

Damian Costello is the author of Black Elk: Colonialism and Lakota Catholicism (Orbis Books). He is director of post-graduate studies at NAIITS: An Indigenous Learning Community and the American co-chair of the Indigenous Catholic Research Fellowship (ICRF).

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