Saint Patrick in His Own Words

On Saint Patrick’s day, we need not wonder about the “real” Patrick. Here are two primary sources from his own pen:

  • Letter to Coroticus – Angry letter to a king of the Britons denouncing the murder and enslavement of new Irish Christians.
  • Confession – Letter to ecclesiastical authorities defending his missionary activities in Ireland. Contains the story of his conversion, call and missionary activity.

For an overview of Saint Patrick’s significance, see the articles “Rediscovering Patrick” and “Raging on St. Patrick’s Day” by Philip Jenkins.