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

 

Preschool:  Jesus
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. 

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