Book of Saints – Athanasius – 2 May

Byzantine icon of Saint Athanasius of Alexandria, author unknownArticle

(Saint) Bishop, Doctor of the Church (May 2) (4th century) The famous champion of the Catholic Faith in the Blessed Trinity, against Arius, who denied the Divinity of Christ and was upheld by powerful partisans. Born at Alexandria in Egypt, Saint Athanasius was ordained deacon by Saint Alexander, Patriarch of that city, and succeeded him as Bishop (A.D. 326), having in the previous year taken part in the great Council of Nicaea. During his long Episcopate his life was frequently in danger, and he had, at several periods, to keep flying from place to place. Eventually he returned in triumph to his Church, and died at Alexandria, A.D. 373. His piety, learning and unparalleled energy made of him the most conspicuous figure of the age in which he lived; and he has left many and valuable writings. Truly, as Saint Gregory Nazianzen styles him, was he a “pillar of the Church.”

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Athanasius”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 2 August 2012. Web. 21 October 2020. <>