Saint Athanasius, pronounced A(as in apple)–tha(again, as in apple)–nay–tious, was born in Alexandria, Egypt at around the year 296, according to Catholic Online.
During his life, Athanasius was a priest; the secretary of Alexander, bishop of Alexandria; then the bishop of Alexandria himself; and a writer. According to AmericanCatholic.org, it was Athanasius’ writings — particularly those which refuted the heresy of Arianism (a teaching that Jesus was not truly divine) — which eventually established him as a doctor of the Church.
After the Council of Tyre, Athanasius was exiled by Constantine to Gaul, where he remained until Constantine’s death. Athanasius was reinstated as bishop by Constantine’s son. A year later, however, Athanasius was once again exiled.
Over his lifetime, Athanasius was exiled five times for his outspoken defense against Arianism.
Athanasius wrote too much for me to list all of his work here, but here is a small list for those of you who want a taste:
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