Deacon Athanasius is from Nigeria. Born on May 3, 1983. He did his Philosophical studies at Bigard Memorial Seminary, Enugu and Theological studies at Seat of Wisdom Seminary, Owerri before joining the diocese of Fresno in 2014. He also had a brief Seminary experience in St. John Seminary, Camarillo.
His journey to the Catholic Priesthood is very Divine. Like St. Paul, 'I count everything lost if only I can have Christ'. His hobbies include Soccer, Reading inspirational books, Traveling and Listening to inspirational music. Deacon Atan is very grateful to God for using him to touch lives across different cultures.