St. Athanasius, 296 – 373 AD Roman Martyrology

athanasius‘At Alexandria, St. Athanasius, Bishop of that city, confessor and Doctor of the Church, most renowned for holiness and learning.  Almost all the world conspired to persecute him, but he zealously fought for the Catholic faith against emperors, governors and innumerable Arian bishops, from the time of Constantine until Valens.  He was a victim of many plots at their hands, and was driven into all parts of the world as an exile, and no place was left to offer him safe shelter.  At length he returned to his own church, and after many contests and many trials of his patience, he passed to the Lord, in the reign of the Emperors Valentinian and Valens, in the forty six year of his priesthood.’  Roman Martyrology.