The Profound Heritage of Irish Americans
Saint Patrick’s Day is a celebration held on March 17 to remember the death of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. The day commemorates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and is celebrated by Catholic, Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, and Lutheran churches. Saint Patrick was a 5th-century Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland.
The Irish have a rich heritage steeped in hardship. Many Americans are descendants of Irish immigrants who overcame obstacles and contributed significantly to the building of our nation. The holiday has expanded to celebrate Irish food, music, and traditions. However, it’s essential not to forget Saint Patrick. His evangelism has profoundly impacted the cultural and religious traditions of Irish Americans here in the United States. America has been a place for religious freedom, Catholic or Protestant. As we celebrate Saint Patrick’s day this week, let’s remember its origins and meaning.