Our Patron: Saint Athanasius
After a number of years being exiled from his home, Athanasius was at last allowed to return. He died on May 2nd in the year 373, surrounded by many of his priests and Catholic faithful who had looked to him for leadership and guidance throughout his life.
We, in Jesup, continue to look to Saint Athanasius for assistance in prayer. We call him to mind often when we recite at Mass the words of the Nicene Creed. We link ourselves back to him and his legacy, and we unite ourselves eternally to the truth of the faith he taught—the faith in Jesus Christ, both God and man—the faith of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
Classroom Patron Saints
PreK: The Holy Family: Jesus, Mary and Joseph
Kindergarten: St. Peter and St. Paul
1st: St. Juan Diego
2nd: St. Bernadette
3rd: St. Therese
4th: Archangel Raphael
5th: St. Damien of Molokai
6th: St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta
7th: St. Kateri Tekakwitha
8th: St. Maximilian Kolbe
Office: St. Athanasius
Gym: St. John Bosco (Don Bosco)
Music: St. Cecilia
Lunch Room: The Last Supper
Saint Athanasius was born in Alexandria circa 296. From an early age, his learning and wisdom impressed his Bishop, Alexander, who made him his secretary and a member of his household. Athanasius even accompanied Alexander to the first Ecumenical Council of the Church convoked at Nicaea in 325, and displayed great ability, courage, and sincerity throughout the council’s debates, distinguishing him among the council’s members. Three years later, when Alexander passed away, Athanasius was chosen to succeed him as the Bishop of Alexandria, and he took on the work of teaching and protecting the Catholic faith as it was professed in the new universal Creed established at Nicaea. With great wisdom and eloquence, he did so, and defended the truth of the Incarnation of Christ—that God truly became man in the person of Jesus Christ—especially against the heresy of Arius, which was popular at the time. Athanasius’s unhesitating affirmation of the Divinity of Christ caused him to be persecuted by many, from the streets of Alexandria all the way to the Emperor of Constantinople.