Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Anianus, Second Bishop of Alexandria

Saint Anianus of AlexandriaArticle

[By Eusebius called Annianus.] The Acts of Saint Mark tell us, that he was a shoemaker in that city, whose hand, wounded with an awl, Saint Mark healed when he first entered the city. Such was his fervour and progress in virtue and learning, that Saint Mark constituted him bishop of Alexandria, during his absence; and Anianus governed that great church four years with him, and eighteen years and seven months after his death, according to the Oriental Chronicle. He died in the year 86, on the 26th of November; but is named in the Roman Martyrology on the same day with Saint Mark. “He was a man,” says Eusebius, “well-pleasing to God, and admirable in all things.” Saint Epiphanius mentions a church in Alexandria built in his honour.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Anianus, Second Bishop of Alexandria”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 24 April 2013. Web. 11 December 2018. <>