Mar 12, 2010
Edited by Fr. Leonard Foley, O.F.M. Revised by Fr. Pat McCloskey, O.F.M. Cincinnati, Ohio: St. Anthony Messenger Press, September 2009. 408 pages. ISBN 978-0-86716-887-7. $19.95.
The first edition of this book came out in 1975 and was edited by the late Fr. Leonard Foley, O.F.M. It has now been revised and updated for the sixth time by Fr. Patrick McCloskey, O.F.M.
This book is well organized. The saints are presented according to the revised calendar approved by Pope John Paul II. Each entry starts with the date, the saint’s name, their profession or occupation, and when they lived. That introduction is followed by a short biography and a short commentary. Each entry ends with a quote by the saint or by someone else regarding the saint. The entries are a page and half to two pages long. The book offers a table of contents arranged by month. There is also an index at the end of the book.
The book includes saints and blesseds that most people are familiar with. Examples include Mary the Mother of God, St. Joseph, St. Benedict, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Therese, and St. Gregory the Great. New saints and blessed, such Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, Blessed John XXIII, St. Josephine Bakhita, St. Katharine Drexel, St. Damien of Molokai, St. Gianna Beretta Molla have been added to this edition.