John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.
St. Patrick was an Englishman, who was held as a prisoner in Ireland. In later years, he escaped to return to England. He was asked by the religious leaders to go back to Ireland and preach the Gospel to the people. It was hard for him to return, but the Church was very important to him. He dedicated all of his time preaching the Christian Gospel and converting the people to Christianity. His love was always the church. It seems that most Scottish people are also Irish, since the Scots settled Ireland. This is why so many things are held in common between these people. When Wallace challenged the English rule of Scotland, many Irish people joined him. Both people have strong interests in the Roman Catholic Church. Many English people are not Catholic and belong to the Church of England, founded by Henry the 8th, because the Pope would not allow him to divorce his wife and marry Anne Bolyn. The Irish, Scots and Welsh people all have a Celtic origin. Roman rule combined with Angle, Saxon and Norman people to create England. Have a happy St. Patrick's Day.