St. Patrick, the Apostle of Ireland, is known throughout the Western world. He is called an apostle since he was the first missionary to the Irish people. And the Irish missionaries – both priests and women religious -- were among the first missionaries to the church in California.
As a young man, Patrick was captured and enslaved for six years; he escaped, but felt called to go back to Ireland to proclaim Christ. There he established churches and primitive monasteries. Statues of St. Patrick can be seen at the entrance to the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, as well as within the Cathedral, near the chapel of the Eucharist.