Book of Saints – Athanasius – 15 July

statue of Saint Athanasius of Naples, date and artist unknown; swiped from Santi e BeatiArticle

(Saint) Bishop (July 15) (9th century) A Bishop of Naples, known as Athanasius the First, to distinguish him from his unworthy successor of the same name. His brother, Sergius I, Duke of Naples, placed his son under the care of Saint Athanasius, but the young man at the instigation of his wife and courtiers cast his uncle into prison. The clergy and people of Naples soon forced Sergius to release their bishop, but the young Duke threatened him with worse than imprisonment unless he abdicated. The Emperor Louis II then intervened and sent the Duke of Amalfi to conduct Athanasius to a place of safety. The Saint died at Veroli, and was buried at Monte Cassino (A.D. 872). His body was soon afterwards translated to the Cathedral of Naples.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Athanasius”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 2 August 2012. Web. 24 January 2022. <>