A Garner of Saints – Saint Athanasius

Byzantine icon of Saint Athanasius of Alexandria, author unknownArticle

Greek Father and doctor of the Church, was born at Alexandria in 296. He made remarkable progress with his studies, especially of law. He passed some time in the desert with St Anthony, and on his return to Alexandria was made deacon, and soon after, in 326, patriarch. He chiefly distinguished himself by his zeal against the Arians in spite of the assistance which they received in high places. On the accession of Julian the Apostate Athanasius returned to the desert, but proceeded to Alexandria on the death of the emperor. During the latter part of his life he was left in tranquillity in spite of the machinations of his enemies, and he died on 2nd May 373 at the age of seventy. He was the author of numerous works, and wrote the life of his teacher Saint Anthony, but he is perhaps best known as the author of the Athanasian creed. 2nd May.


  • Habit of bishop of Greek Church, sometimes carries a triangle symbolic of the Trinity.

MLA Citation

  • Allen Banks Hinds, M.A. “Saint Athanasius”. A Garner of Saints, 1900. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 April 2017. Web. 21 February 2019. <>