Today is of course March 17th, St. Patrick's Day. It is an optional memorial in the US calendar.
Patrick was taken as a slave to Ireland. Escaping, he was later ordained and then returned to spend the rest of his life successfully converting the Celts to Christianity and solving the large snake problem that Ireland had at the time. A full biographical sketch can be found here.
March 17th also marks the 25th anniversary of my baptism. It took place at Corpus Christi Church in Fort Dodge. Readers will of course recall my piece on the remodeling of that church. According to accouts from my baptism and before, Corpus Christi was still rather magnificently decorated back in 1981 before the first renovation.
The parish is the oldest in the Diocese of Sioux City, having been founded in 1855. A priest sent by the Bishop of Dubuque to serve the needs of the rural community.