ANYSIUS (Saint) Bishop (December 30) (5th century) The successor (A.D. 383) of the holy Bishop Ascolus in the See of Thessalonica in Macedonia. He was a friend of Saint Ambrose, who wrote to the clergy and people of Thessalonica, congratulating them on their choice, and also to Saint Anysius, exhorting him to follow in the footsteps of the Saint, his predecessor. Pope Saint Damasus showed his confidence in Saint Anysius by appointing him his Vicar Apostolic in Ulyria. Anysius also was one among the forty Bishops who bravely stood by Saint John Clirysostom against Theophilus of Alexandria. He died at an advanced age about the year 403.