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The Life and Writings of St. Patrick is one of the fullest and most exact accounts of St. Patrick’s missionary labors in Ireland. Avoiding bias opinions of the saint by gathering information from ancient records, this biography allows the story of St. Patrick’s life to speak for itself. It includes nine appendixes that discuss in detail various aspects of St. Patrick’s life, as well as a map illustrating St. Patrick’s missionary journeys through Ireland.

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  • Offers a comprehensive biography of St. Patrick’s life and works
  • Includes a map illustrating St. Patrick’s missionary journeys
  • Early Lives of St. Patrick
  • St. Patrick’s Birthplace and Family
  • St. Patrick’s Childhood and Boyhood
  • The Captivity of St. Patrick
  • St. Patrick’s Teachers
  • St. Patrick’s MIssion and Consecration
  • St. Patrick in Ulster
  • St. Patrick’s Conflict with the Druids
  • St Patrick at Magh Slecht
  • St Patrick in Roscommon
  • St. Patrick in Mayo
  • St. Patrick on the Cruachan Aigle
  • St. Patrick in Tirawley
  • St. Patrick in Tirebagh
  • St. Patrick in Tirebrill and Moylurg
  • St. Patrick in Tirconnell
  • St. Patrick in Inishowen and Derby
  • St. Patrick in Down and Connor
  • St. Patrick in Oriel
  • St. Patrick in North Leinster
  • St. Patrick in South Leinster
  • St. Patrick in Ossory
  • St. Patrick in the Diocese of Limerick
  • St. Patrick Reforms the Brehon Code
  • St. Patrick in Ulidia
  • St. Patrick in Armagh
  • St. Patrick’s Labors in Armagh
  • St. Patrick’s Synods
  • St. Patrick’s Sickness, Death, and Burial
  • The Writings of St. Patrick
  • St. Patrick’s School of Armagh
  • The Household of St. Patrick

Top Highlights

“There was then only one Church, and they could have had no motive in representing St. Patrick to be anything else than what he was known to them—a great and successful Christian missionary of the Catholic Church.” (Page iv)

“On entering a new territory or sub-kingdom, Patrick always went, if he could, straight to the residence of the king or chief, to secure his protection, and, if possible, his conversion.” (Page 156)

“The writings of St. Patrick himself must naturally be made the basis of any reliable history of the Saint” (Page iv)

“Yet it was this hard life of a slave that made Patrick a saint.” (Page 49)

“Patrick was 60 years of age when he was consecrated Bishop” (Page 68)

Dr. Healy has gone over the ground himself; has collected the popular traditions; has identified, wherever possible, the sites of the old Patrician churches, and to our mind has given the most accurate, the most complete, and the most interesting account of what may be called the topography of St. Patrick’s life.

The Irish Ecclesiastical Record

Dr. Healy gives us, from an inside standpoint, a copious and exhaustive history of Ireland’s Apostle. The present work, containing over 750 good-sized pages, embodies everything of value that is known, or probably ever will be known, on the subject. Its chief excellence is the wealth of topographical lore which the learned author has brought to his task. . . . The narrative of St. Patrick’s journeying is greatly enlivened by the Archbishop’s identification of the various places and landmarks in the modern nomenclature.

Catholic World

  • Title: The Life and Writings of St. Patrick
  • Author: John Healy
  • Publisher: M. H. Gill & Son
  • Publication Date: 1905
  • Pages: 765

John Healy (1841–1918) was Archbishop of Tuam from 1903 to 1918. Prior to that, he served as Bishop of Clonfert from 1896 to 1903.

St. Patrick was one of the great missionaries of Europe and lived a truly extraordinary life. He was a Romano-Briton Christian, born in the mid-fourth century during the decline of Roman rule in the Britain. At the age of 16 he was captured by pirates and sold into slavery in Ireland. During his six years in captivity he learned the Irish language and culture. After escaping back to Britain, Patrick entered the Church and was ordained a bishop. With true love for the people of Ireland, Patrick returned to the place of his captivity as a missionary. He preaching the Gospel throughout Ireland for the last 15 years or so of his life and died around 440. By the sixth century, with the conversion of Ireland largely complete, Patrick was recognized as the island’s patron saint. His work had a profound impact on the history of Christianity in Europe, because Irish missionaries to continental Europe during the sixth and seventh centuries were instrumental in the conversion of the Barbarian tribes who had dismembered the Roman Empire.


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