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The Legend of St. Patrick and Irish Blessings

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You’ve probably heard the sayings, “may the wind be always at your back…” and “may you have Irish blessings in your heart!” Both common catchphrases of popular Irish proverbs, these sayings offer glimpses into Irish heritage. But in particular, they provide an entertaining journey into the life of St. Patrick, patron saint of Ireland, and the myths and misunderstandings that still surround him today.

In this seminar, writer and professor Paul W. Jacob (Jake) shares about the life and legend of St. Patrick and into the evolution of St. Patrick’s Day. Jacob also reads famous Irish blessings and poems.

This program is presented by Paul W. Jacob (Jake) and isvhosted by the Winter Park Health Foundation.

About the Program Presenter
Paul W. Jacob (Jake) is a writer, professor, contemplative guide and scholar of world religions. These callings have led him to 30 countries and all 48 continental U.S. states. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Master’s degree in Writing and Consciousness Studies, Jacob embarked on a nomadic journey that lasted 12 years. During this time, he lived and worked all over the world, including many contemplative periods at Christian, Buddhist and Zen monasteries, working as a chef and restaurant manager at farm-to-table establishments, being a writer-in-residence and organic gardener at spiritual retreat centers, working as a journalist and teaching writing to and mentoring at-risk youth for several renowned educational programs. He also taught journalism, world religions and writing classes at several colleges. To learn more about Jacob, please visit

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