The Real St. Patrick
Lecture by Belmont Abbey College's Patrick Wadden
When: 9 March, 7pm
Where: Robert Scott Small Bldg (RSS) 235 (see campus map below)
This is a College of Charleston Irish & American Irish Studies program event.
St. Patrick’s Day has become a festival of all things Irish, from music and dance to food and drink. But amidst the revelry, it is worth remembering that the day commemorates a remarkable individual who lived in the fifth century. Patricius son of Calpornius was a Christian bishop from Britain who left his comfortable home to dedicate his life to spreading the faith in Ireland. This is all the more astonishing considering that Patrick’s first encounter with the Irish had been when they abducted him and sold him into slavery as a young boy. In the fifteen hundred years since he lived and died, myths and legends about Patrick have come to dominate the public perception of who he was and what he did. In this lecture, these legends and their meanings will be discussed on the way to investigating the real St Patrick, his life, his mission, and his achievement, as described in his own words.
Free and open to the public