AGNELLUS (Saint) Confessor (December 14) (7th century) Agnellus, otherwise Anellus, born at Naples of wealthy parents, at the age of fifteen, became a hermit. Later in his life some African monks, who had been driven into exile by the Arians and had settled at Naples, prevailed upon him to become their Abbot. He died A.D. 596. As to the Rule followed in his monastery, some think it to have been that of Saint Basil, others that of Saint Benedict. He is represented clothed with the religious habit and bearing a cross or standard, as in such guise he has often appeared at Naples and repidsed the enemies who were assailing the town. His relics were enshrined in an ancient church of Our Blessed Lady which later was named after him. Moroni relates that during his lifetime, when the Saracens (A.D. 674) besieged the city of Naples, Saint Agnellus raised the standard of the Cross, and, at the head of the Neapolitan troops, put the besiegers to flight.