Book of Saints – Alexander – 11 August

detail from an antique Italian hold card of Saint Alexander the Charcoal BurnerArticle

(Saint) Bishop Martyr (August 11) (3rd century) This Saint Alexander has acquired the surname Carbonarius (the charcoalburner), an occupation which he voluntarily took up in preference to the career which his wealth and noble birth had opened out before him. On the death of their Bishop, the clergy and laity of Comana, a suffragan See of Neo-Caesarea in Asia Minor, applied to Saint Gregory Thaumaturgus for the choice of a successor. His rejecting certain candidates proposed because of their worldly position led to one of the clergy jestingly proposing Alexander the Charcoal-burner, who on being examined, was found in reality to have all the qualities requisite in a Bishop. Saint Alexander was burned to death at the stake, as a Christian, A.D. 250.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Alexander”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 24 May 2012. Web. 16 May 2021. <>