Pope Theonas of Alexandria

Saint
Theonas of Alexandria

16th Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch of the See of St. Mark

Papacy began
282

Papacy ended
10 January 300

Predecessor
Maximus

Successor
Peter “Seal of the Martyrs”

Personal details

Born
Egypt

Died
10 January 300
Egypt

Buried
Church of the Cave, Alexandria

Nationality
Egyptian

Denomination
Coptic Orthodox Christian

Residence
Saint Mark’s Church

Sainthood

Feast day
10 January (2 Toba in the Coptic Calendar)

Pope Theonas of Alexandria, 16th Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch of the See of St. Mark.
St. Theonas was a righteous, meek scholar, gentle and loving to everyone. By the spirit of friendship and gentleness with everyone, he was able to build a church in Alexandria, Egypt dedicated to the name of the Virgin St. Mary, the Theotokos.
Until his time, the faithful were praying and performing their services in homes and in caves for fear of the unbelievers. Pope Theonas dealt with them wisely and gently to achieve what he wanted to do. He converted many of them to believe in the Lord Christ and baptized them.
He baptized, in the first year of his papacy, St. Peter, who succeeded him on the apostolic throne of St. Mark and was the 17th Pope. It was said that he ordained Saint Peter the “Seal of the Martyrs” as a reader at the age of five, then he promoted him to be a deacon at the age of twelve, then as a priest at sixteen.
At the time of this saint, a man by the name of Sabellius appeared in Alexandria who was teaching that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are one person. St. Theonas excommunicated him and he invalidated his heresy by convincing proof.
When he completed his course, he died in peace, after he had been on the throne of St. Mark for 19 years.
References[edit]

St. Theonas, 16th Pope of Alexandria.
Theonas in the Ante-Nicene Fathers

Titles of the Great Christian Church

Preceded by
Maximus
Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria
282—300
Succeeded by
Peter I

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Popes of Alexandria and Patriarchs of the See of St. Mark

Patriarchs prior to the
Chalcedonian schism
(43–451)

Mark I the Evangelist (founder)
Anianus
Avilius
Kedronos
Primus
Justus
Eumenius
Markianos*
Celadion
Agrippinus
Julian
Demetrius I
Heraclas
Dionysius
Maximus
Theonas
Peter I
Achillas
Alexander I
Athanasius I
Peter II
Timothy I
Theophilus I
Cyril I
Dioscorus I

Coptic Orthodox
Popes and Patriarchs
(451–present)

Timothy II
Peter III
Athanasius II
John I
John II
Diosco