This unofficial list is only an attempt to put together a monthly calendar of some African Saints, Blesseds, and Venerables,  holy men and women of African ancentry, those of the ancient Church of North Africa as well as those of  later centuries including those of the twentieth century. The year indicates when they died, and the date at the end of the comment indicates the feast day.This list is not exhaustive. If you have some comment, suggestion or information on this page please contact me at the above e-mail address.




St. Fulgentius


Bishop of Ruspe, Tunisia, January 1st
St. Paul


Egyptian  Hermit and founder of Monastic life in Thebes, January15
St. Anthony


Founder of monastic life in the desert of Egypt, January 17
St. John the Alms Giver


Patriarch of Alexandria, January 23
St. Gelasius


Bishop of Rome and third African Pope (492-496), March 1
SS. Perpetua and Felicity


Martyred in Carthage along with 6 others companions, March 7
St. Maximilian (Marmilian)


Martyred at Theveste, Numidia after refusing to serve in the Roman army, March 12
St. Benedict the Black


Sicilian, son of African parents; the first African to be canonized through the regular canonical process, April 4
St. Zeno


Born at Cherchell, Algeria; missionary in Verona, Italy, where he become Bishop of Verona (c. 362), April 12
St. Marcellinus

4th Cent.

He was an African missionary to France, April 20
St. Athanasius


Bishop of Alexandria, May 2
SS. Timothy and Maura


Husband and wife martyred in Southern Egypt, May 3
St. Isdore of Chios


Alexandrian army officer beheaded for his faith, May 15
St. Josephine Bakhita


Sudanese slave girl born in 1869. She was later sold to an Italian Consol who took her to Italy where she eventually became free. She was baptized and later joined the Canossian Sisters in Vincenza, Italy, lived a holy life, and beatified May 17, 1992. She was canonized on October 1st 2000.   Her feast is 8 February.
St. Julia of Tunisia


Slave girl crucified for her faith, May 22
St. Charles Lwanga and Companions


Martyrs, canonized by Pope Paul VI in 1964. The 22 young court servant were martyred for their faith by the Buganda King Mwanga in 1886. Along with them were 80 young Anglicans. June 3
St. Onuphrius

4th Cent.

Egyptian hermit, June12
St. Orsiesius


Abbot of Tabennisi Monastery, Egypt, June 15
St. Cyril of Alexandria


Patriarch of Alexandria (412-444), June 27
St. Shenute


Founder of monastic life in Egypt, July 1
St. Anatolius

c. 282

Philosopher and scientist of Alexandria, July 3
St. Pantaenus


Head of Alexandrian Catechetical School and missionary to Persia (Iran), July 9
St. Eugenius

5th Cent.

Archbishop of Carthage, July 13
St. Speratus and companions


The 12 martyrs of Scillum, Carthage, Tunisia, July 17
St. Aurelius

5th Cent.

Archbishop of Carthage, Tunisia, July 20
St. Victor I


Bishop of Rome and first African Pope (189-199), July 23
St. Rutilius

4th Cent.

North African martyr, August 2
Blessed Isidore Bakanja


A Congolese labourer and catechist martyred for his faith,   8 August
Blessed Victoire Rasoamanarivo


Foundress of the Catholic Action in Madagascar, beatified in 1989, August 21
153 martyrs of Utica

c. 260

Thrown into a pit of quicklime in Utica, Tunisia, August 24
St. Monica


Mother of St Augustine of Hippo, widowed at age 40, August 27
St. Poemen

c. 400

A desert monk known for his holiness, and who encouraged frequent Communion, August 27
St. Augustine of Hippo


Bishop of Hippo Regius (modern Annaba) on coast of Algeria, Doctor of the Church, August 28
St. Moses the Black


A slave, gang leader, who after conversion died a martyr of non-violence on August 28, his feast day. That date providentially coincides with the march to Washington by 200,000 African Americans in 1963, August 28
Blessed Ghebre Mikha'el


Ethiopian priest and martyr, September 2
St. Donatian and Companions


Martyrs, six Bishops of the Ecclesiatical province of Byzaccne (present day Tunisia and Algeria); killed for their faith by the Arian Vandals, September 6
St. Nemesia and Companions


9 Bishops, several deacons and lay persons who died in a marble quarry in North Africa, September 10
St. Maurice and his Theban Legion (from Egypt)


Martyrs, who were killed at Agauno, Switzerland for refusing to sacrifice to pagan divinities, September 22
St. Matthew

1st Cent

Apostle and Evangelist. According to one ancient tradition, he was the first evangelizer of Nubia (modern Sudan), September 21
St. Raissa c. 300 Virgin and martyr from Alexandria, September 22
SS. Aizan and Sazan


Twin Brothers; Aizan was the first Christian Emperor of the Kingdom of Axum, Ethiopia, October 1
St. Thais

c. 350

Egyptian penitent, converted after many years as a prostitute, October 8
St. Cerbonius


African missionary Bishop in Italy, October 10
St. Michael Aragave

4th Cent.

One of the first Ethiopian Monks, October 11
St. Sarmata


A disciple of St. Anthony of Egypt, martyred by Saracens in the Egyptian desert, October 11
5000 African martyrs and confessers of the faith


African martyrs deported and killed for their faith by the Vandal King Huneric, October 12
Commemoration of the Saints of the Ethiopian Church: St. Frumentius (Abba Salama) and Aedesius


Syriac monks and founders of the Church in Ethipia, October 27
St. Elesbaan


An Ethiopia King who died as a monk in Jerusalem, October 27
St. Lalibala (Ghebre Mesqel)


An Ethipian Emperor revered for his faith, October 27
St. Tekla Hymanot


A great Ethipian reformer of monasticism, October 27
St. Martin de Porres


Born in Peru, son of a Spanish father and an African slave mother, who became a pharmacist at an early age and later joined the Dominican Order, where he continued to dispense medicine to the poor, while living a humble and austere life, with great devotion to the Eucharist, November 3
St. Pierius

4th Cent.

Head of the Catechetical School in Alexandria, November 4
St. Achilias


Head of religious instruction in Alexandria, November 7
St Nennas


An Egyptian soldier in Phygia, who fled from persecution and became a hermit, November 11
St. Arcadius and companions


Martyrs, victims of the Arian Kind of the Vandals, Genseric, November 13
St. Gelasius


Bishop of Rome and third African Pope (492-496), liturgical reformer, who orderded the reception of Communion under both species, November 21
St Cathrine of Alexandria

4th Cent.

Virgin and martyr who suffered  martyrdom in Alexandria. Her relics are said to be kept in the monastery of St. Catherine  on Sinai, November 25
Blessed Anuarite Nengapeta


Virgin and martyr, a member of the Holy Family Sister in Congo Kinshasa, martyred by the Simba rebels, December 1
St. Peter Martyr of Alexandria


Patriarch of Alexandria during the Roman persecution, December?
St. Cassian of Tangiers


A lawyer who resigned and became Christian and died as a martyr, December 3
St. Melchiades


Bishop of Rome and second African Pope (311-314), December 10