Book of Saints – Anianus


ANIANUS (AGNAN, AIGNAN) (Saint) Bishop (November 17) (5th century) Born at Vienne (Dauphine) of pious and noble parents who were Hungarian refugees from the Arian persecution raging in their own country, he retired in his boyhood to a secluded cave where he spent his time in prayer, study and penitential exercises, until the fame of Saint Evurtius, Bishop of Orleans, reached him. Under the direction of this holy prelate, he was prepared for the priesthood, and after ordination was appointed Abbot of the monastery of Saint Laurence in the environs of the city. Later he was promoted to be Bishop coadjutor of Orleans. When Attila the Hun appeared before its walls, Anianus, by his courage in facing the barbarian, saved the town and its inhabitants. He died two years later, A.D. 453. King Robert of France, some five hundred years afterwards, built a noble church at Orleans in honour of Saint Anianus, in which the relics of the Saint were enshrined, but in the sixteenth century they were profaned and destroyed by the Calvinist insurgents. He is represented in art as praying on the top of the walls of Orleans, against which are crowding a multitude of Huns.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Anianus”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 July 2012. Web. 19 January 2019. <>