St. Patrick (389-461) first entered Ireland against his will: the son of a petty Roman official on the west coast of Britain, Patrick was kidnapped at the age of sixteen by Irish raiders and taken to Ireland as a slave. He was sold to an Irish king who employed him as a shepherd. During his long periods of solitude as a shepherd, he began reciting Christian prayers he had memorized as a boy. After six years in captivity, he escaped and returned home. After being consecrated, he returned to Ireland as a bishop (a shepherd). His work in Ireland was astounding: baptizing tens of thousands and establishing a native clergy and church. His work was a sign of tenacity and love given in a land that had once held him in slavery. This small image of Patrick was handmade by Hank Schlau and can go outside.
Dimensions: 7.5 (h) x 4 (w) x 1 (d) inches