The dates and names attributed to the Saint of the year section include those used by many Catholics in America in the 1900's as detailed in the Lives of the Saints by Alban Butler which was taken from the Benziger Brothers edition of the book published in 1894. Various changes and reforms have resulted in different calendars culminating in the General Roman Calendar of 1962.
“The people who go forward on the path of the beatitudes will reach God and become saints in that final meeting with Him” (Pope Francis).
In times past there was a Catholic Saint for practically every day of the year and these are referred to as the Feast Days or Saint's Days. What is the origin and meaning of Feast Days and why are they referred to as Saint of the Day? Many saints have specially designated feast days which are associated with a specific day of the year and these are referred to as the saint's feast day.