St. Athanasius of Alexandria


 
St. Athanasius of Alexandria Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 5/2


Also known as

    * Athanasius of Egypt
    * Athanasius the Great
    * Champion of Christ’s Divinity
    * Champion of Orthodoxy
    * Father of Orthodoxy
    * Greek Doctor of the Church
    * Holy Hierarch
    * Pillar of the Church

Memorial

    * 2 May

Profile

    Studied the classics and theology in Alexandria, Egypt. Deacon, secretary, and student of bishop Alexander of Alexandria. Attended the Council of Nicea in 325 where he fought for the defeat of Arianism and acceptance of the divinity of Jesus. Formulated the doctrine of homo-ousianism which says that Christ is the same substance as the Father; Arianism taught that Christ was different from and a creation of the Father, a creature and not part of God. Bishop of Alexandria c.328; he served for 46 years. When the dispute over Arianism spilled over from theology to politics, Athanasius got exiled five times, spending more than a third of his episcopate in exile. Biographer of Saint Anthony the Abbot. Confessor of the faith and Doctor of the Church, he fought for the acceptance of the Nicene Creed.

Born

    * c.295 at Alexandria, Egypt

Died

    * 2 May 373 at Alexandria, Egypt of natural causes
    * relics in San Croce, Venice, Italy

Canonized

    * Pre-Congregation

Representation

    * bishop arguing with a pagan
    * bishop holding an open book
    * bishop standing over a defeated heretic

 



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