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Book Title: Patrick: In His Own Words|
Date of issue: January 1st 2001
ISBN 13: 9781853905254
The author of the book: St. Patrick
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 34.34 MB
Edition: Veritas Company
Read full description of the books Patrick: In His Own Words:Excellent summary of current scholarship. Duffy accepts the 460-493 dates for Patrick's British-sponsored ministry, partly because one of his disciples, a Briton named Mochta of Louth, has an obit of 535--a fact which deals a blow to those, like me, who favor the earlier 432-460 date for Patrick's mission. He puts his mission late and in the N and NW part of the country, later than missions in other parts of the country. For Patrick's birthplace he follows scholars who suggest the Severn Valley in SW Britain 'as most in keeping with Patrick's remarks about his Roman citizenship and his uilulla'. (Other scholars suggest near Carlisle, 'at the extreme north of the Roman enclave', a location I favor). The territory of the Ulaidh headquartered at Emain Macha may have been his mission headquarters. For the wood of Foclut he suggests Foghill, Killala Bay, Co. Mayo.
Read information about the authorSaint Patrick (Latin: Patricius; Primitive Irish: *Qatrikias; Old Irish: Cothraige; c. 387 – 17 March, 493) was a Romano-Briton and Christian missionary, who is the most generally recognized patron saint of Ireland (although Brigid of Kildare and Colmcille are also formally patron saints).
Two authentic letters from him survive, from which come the only universally accepted details of his life. When he was about 16 he was captured from Britain by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Ireland, where he lived for six years before escaping and returning to his family. After entering the Church, he returned to Ireland as an ordained bishop in the north and west of the island, but little is known about the places where he worked.
By the seventh century he had come to be revered as the patron saint of Ireland. The Irish monastery system evolved after the time of Patrick and the Irish church did not develop the diocesan model that Patrick and the other early missionaries had tried to establish.
Most available details of his life are from later hagiographies from the 7th century onwards, and these are now not accepted without detailed criticism. Uncritical acceptance of the Annals of Ulster would imply that he lived from 340 to 440, and ministered in what is modern day Northern Ireland from 428 onwards. The dates of Patrick's life cannot be fixed with certainty, but on a widespread interpretation he was active as a missionary in Ireland during the second half of the 5th century. Saint Patrick's Day (17 March), supposedly the day of his death, is celebrated both in and outside of Ireland, as both a liturgical and non-liturgical holiday. In the dioceses of Ireland it is both a solemnity and a holy day of obligation and outside of Ireland, it can be a celebration of Ireland itself.
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