Today, of course, is Saint Patrick's Day, which celebrates the religious feast day and the date of his death.
As important and beloved as Saint Patrick is, though, I was surprised to learn he was never canonized a saint by the Catholic Church. Patrick was born in 387 and died in 461. Back in the 5th century, canonizations were done at the regional level. After the death of someone they considered very holy, the local Church decreed that they could be celebrated as saints.
Five years ago today: New Thing #66--My Family Heritage