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St Patrick Has Gone Missing!


By Patrick Green

When I first noticed the statue of San Patricio in the Parroquia, I was charmed. Being Irish and being named Patrick, I could hardly be otherwise. But then I wondered—what is San Patricio doing in a Mexican Church?

My question went unanswered until I started training as a tour guide for the PPN Historical Tours. After six weeks of intensive study, I attended a February Guide meeting to determine the tour schedule for March. I stared at the March calendar in front of me, wondering when would I be ready. Then I saw it. March 17—St Patrick’s Day. I raised my hand and declared, “I will take Wednesday, March 17th.” The day soon came, and I led my first tour group through the Jardín and into the Parroquia. We finished up with Our Lady of Guadalupe and moved on toward San Patricio. I rounded a corner at a large pillar and looked up to see the pedestal that held San Patricio was empty. He was gone! Impossible!

This statue was my guy. It was his day, and I was ready to present a story of international intrigue, but someone had taken him. Panic began to set in. As my group came up, I simply told them “someone has taken San Patricio.”

After an anxious moment, one of the groups spoke up. “Oh, I think I saw him as we walked past the main altar.” I peered around the column, and there he was, up on the altar in a place of honor on his day. I took a deep sigh of relief. I announced that, yes San Patricio was up on the altar in a place of prominence for his day, but we could still discuss his place in Mexican history. And I started into my well-rehearsed story.

You can learn more about San Patricio’s place in Mexican history by taking the Historical Tour from the Patronato Pro Niños Volunteer Guides. 100 percent of the tour donations and tips go to support the important work of Patronato Pro Niños. For 48 years, this nonprofit organization has been providing necessary medical and dental services to children in San Miguel whose families cannot afford to provide it for them. In 2017, over 12,500 children benefited from PPN service; that is more than 1,000 per month!

All tours are given in English. No reservations are needed, but we may need to limit the group size in high season. With five days’ notice, we can offer private, customized tours. Contact Christina at 415 152 7796 for information and pricing. The website is



“Patrick is a retired land surveyor from Fairbanks, Alaska. He got to Alaska by hitchhiking solo from Los Angles in 1978, and he has remained in the North for 40 years. He has been enjoying the winters in San Miguel for the last three years, and started his guiding career just a year ago, ” written by guest writer Patrick Green, volunteer guide, PPN.



The Classic Historical Tour from Patronato Pro Niños

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9:45am for a 10am start

Meet in the Jardin, in front of the Parroquia

300 pesos per person




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