Saint Patrick (c. 400 AD)
Feast Day: March 17
Saint Patrick's feast day is one of the few feast days still celebrated in the secular world, but there's much more to this saint than three-leafed clovers and everything green. In fact, Patrick is a great example for our March virtues of compassion, faithfulness, and mercy. Born in Britain but captured at age 16 by Irish pirates, he served as a slave in Ireland for six years before escaping back to Britain inspired by a divine voice.
Later, he heard the same divine voice telling him to go back to Ireland as a missionary. He trained as a priest and went back to Ireland to serve the Christians there and spread the faith.
St. Patrick was known for incorporating Irish culture into his preaching (including using the three-leafed clover as a symbol for the Trinity) and a legend tells that he expelled all the snakes from Ireland. The exact date of this great saint's life are not known, but he has exercised timeless influence.