New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Frumentius


Confessor, Bishop of Axum, and apostle of Abyssinia, born Tyre, Pheonicia, died c.383. With his brother Edesius, he accompanied his uncle Metropius to Abyssinia. On the journey they were overtaken by pirates, and all were killed except the two brothers, who were taken as slaves to the court of the King of Axum. They gained the favor of the king and propagated Christianity throughout the kingdom. Frumentius journeyed to Alexandria, where he was consecrated bishop by Saint Athanasius, c.328. He returned to Abyssinia, established his see at Axum, and was called Abuna (Our Father) or Abba Salama (Father of Peace). Feast, 27 October.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Frumentius”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 2 February 2013. Web. 16 January 2019. <>