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Saint Patrick of Ireland is one of the world's most popular saints. Saint Patrick was born in Scotland around the year 385. He may have been born in Kilpatrick, Scotland but no one knows for sure. Saint Patrick's parents were Calpurnius and Conchessa. Calpurnius and Conchessa were Romans living in Britain who were in charged of colonies. Saint Patrick's family were wealthy people. Patrick's father was a Christian deacon. People think that Patrick's father was a deacon because of tax incentives. There is no evidence that Saint Patrick came from a religious family. When Saint Patrick was about fourteen, he was kidnapped during a raiding party and taken to Ireland to herd and tend sheep as a slave. At the time, Ireland was the land of Druids and pagans. Saint Patrick learned the language and practices of the people who owned him and the people who were around him. As a slave, Patrick turned to God in prayer. Patrick wrote "The love of God and his fear grew in me more and more, as did the faith, and my soul was rosed, so that, in a single day, I have said as many as a hundred prayers and in the night, nearly the same. I prayed in the woods and on the mountain, even before dawn. I felt no hurt from the snow or ice or rain."

When Patrick was twenty years old, he escaped from captivity. Patrick ran away from captivity because he had a dream from God in which he told Patrick to leave Ireland and by to the coast. Once Patrick went to the coast of Ireland, he found some sailors who took him back to Britain. Patrick had to walk over 200 miles to get to the coast of Ireland. Once Patrick went back to Britain, he was reunited with his family. But, Patrick had a dream that the people of Ireland were asking him to return to Ireland. In the dream, the people said "We beg you, holy youth, to come and walk among us once more." Patrick began to study for priesthood. He was ordained by Saint Germanus, the Bishop of Auxerre. He studied under Saint Germanus for years. Eventually,...