I have a deep sentimental attachment to churches named to honor Saint Patrick, the legendary patron of Ireland. While I welcome the opportunity to attend Mass and receive the Eucharist–or just pray– in any church, the holy spaces dedicated to Patrick are special to me. It doesn’t matter if they are grand cathedrals such as those in New York and Dublin, or more humble worship spaces, such as Old St. Patrick’s in Pittsburgh — my personal favorite — which I’ve been visiting since the 1970s. Full list below the photo.

New St. Patrick statue blessing in the Monastery Garden at Old St. Patrick’s Church, Pittsburgh, October 2018.

My pilgrimages to St. Patrick’s churches

Arlington Catholic Herald, March 11, 2022. Distributed by Catholic News Service. This story appeared on the CNS website, and the dioceses of Rochester, N.Y., Kansas City, Salt Lake City, and Seattle. Sadly, CNS’s domestic operation closed Dec. 31, 2022.  

Top 10 St. Patrick’s posts

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Readers are welcome to send photos and links of other St. Patrick’s churches around the world. Churches are listed in alphabetical order by city. Those that I have written about are marked with an asterisk* , others are linked to church and history websites. See more images below.

St. Patrick’s in Kilkenny town, Ireland, on St. Patrick’s Day 2023.

St. Patrick's in New Orleans

St. Patrick’s in New Orleans, November 2015.