A Bishop and educator. He was born in the city of al-Mahalla al-Kubra in the Delta. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Cairo University in 1944, and in 1952 received a diploma of psychology from the American University in Cairo. He also obtained a diploma in divinity from the Clerical College in 1944. Between 1944 and 1958 he taught in a few secondary schools in Cairo and Aswan. In 1954, he taught the New Testament in the Clerical College. In 1958, he joined the Monastery of the Syrians at Wadi al-Natrun. Patriarch Cyril VI appointed him papal representative in Beni Suef in 1962.
On September 1962, he was ordained Bishop of Beni Suef and al-Bahnasa. He was a member of the board of the Middle East Council of Churches and represented the Coptic Church in the World Council of Churches Assembly. Bishop Athanasius was a pioneer in developing the social services of his diocese. In 1965, he established a female religious group of active nuns called the Daughters of Mary, who committed themselves to the service of the community. He is the author of many books and articles related to the New Testament (in Arabic). He printed a number of liturgical books of the Coptic Church.