Pre-Schism Orthodox Western Saints
17th May (NS) — 4th May (OS)

by | 17 May, 2018 | Orthodox Western Saints

4th May O.S.


ANTONY du ROCHER (ANTONIUS of ROCHER), (Sixth Century), sent to evangelise in Gaul by his spiritual father, St. Benedict of Nursa (11th July), St. Antony founded the Abbey of St. Julian in Tours. Towards the end of his life, St. Antony withdrew to the nearby location of La Rocher, now called Saint-Antoine-du-Rocher after him. St. Antony spent his final years there as a hermit.

CONLETH, a metal worker, copyist, illuminator, and hermit at Old Connell (present-day Newbridge) Co. Kildare in Ireland. St. Conleth served as spiritual father to St. Brigid of Kildare (1st February) and her nuns, later was the first Bishop of Kildare. St. Conleth reposed circa 519, and along with St. Brigid is patron saint of Kildare.

CUNEGUND, a nun at the Abbey of St. Erhard of Regensburg (Niedermunster) in Regensburg Bavaria. St. Cungund reposed circa 1052.

CURCODOMUS, a third century deacon in Rome who was sent to Auxerre by Pope St. Sixtus II (6th August) to assist that area’s first bishop, St. Peregrinus (16th May), with his mission.

CYRIACUS (QUIRIACUS), (Date Unknown), most likely a Bishop of Ancona in the Marches who was martyred whilst on pilgrimage in the Holy Land during the persecutions under Julian the Apostate. However, there are those who posit St. Cyriacus was a Bishop of Jerusalem who was martyred during the reign of Hadrian (117 – 138). Regardless of which of these theories is correct, his relics are enshrined at the Cathedral of Saint Stephen in Ancona, Italy.

ETHELRED (AILRED), as King of Mercia, St. Ethelred was known as a pious and righteous man, who made many grants of land to the church. He befriended St. Wilfrid of York (12th October) during the latter’s exile, making him Bishop of the Middle Angles. Following the murder of St. Ethelred’s wife Osthryth, he abdicated his throne and became a monk at Barney Abbey in Lincolnshire, England. In time, he served as Abbot there, and reposed 716.

FLORIAN, in the opening years of the fourth century A.D., St. Florian was a senior Roman officer serving as Chief of Staff to the military administrator of Noricum (most of present-day Austria), and a secret Christian. During the Diocletianic Persecution, St. Florian was ordered to execute a group of Christians, he refused and revealed himself to be a Christian. He was then scourged, flayed alive, and then thrown into a river with a stone tied to his neck. His body was retrieved by Christians at Lorch who gave him a Christian burial. St. Florian is said to have saved a village from fire by praying and throwing a single bucket of water on the blaze; hence his association with firefighters.

GODEHARD (GODARD, GOTHARD), a Bavarian whose father was a lay employee at the Abbey of St. Maurice (Niederaltaich). Following the completion of his studies at the Abbey, St. Godehard received monastic tonsure, and soon was appointed Prior. St. Godehard was amongst the monastics who re-introduced the Rule of St. Benedict at Niederaltaich, which then sent monks to Tegernsee, Hersfeld, and Kremsmünster Abbeys, where they served as Abbots and revived the Benedictine Rule. St. Godehard was consecrated fifteenth Bishop of Hildesheim in 1022, serving that See until his repose in 1038.

Prior to the Schism the Patriarchate of Rome was Orthodox, and fully in communion with the Orthodox Church. As Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco +1966 said “The West was Orthodox for a thousand years, and her venerable Liturgy is far older than any of her heresies”.

HILSINDIS, a widowed noblewoman who, according to most sources, founded Thorn Abbey in Limburg. Other sources attribute the founding of the Abbey to St. Ansfrid (3rd May). St. Hilsindis received monastic tonsure there and later served as its Abbess. St. Hilsindis reposed in 1028.

MONICA, born to a Christian family in Carthage, and given in marriage to a pagan with an explosive temper. St. Monica’s humility and prayerful life influenced her husband who, in time, became a catechumen, and then baptised, though he reposed soon thereafter. The marriage produced three children, one of whom was the future St. Augustine of Hippo (28th August). His life of wanton debauchery gave St. Monica no end of sorrow, but through prayer and example St. Augustine repented of his ways. St. Monica reposed 4th May 387 at the port of Ostia as she was returning to Carthage.

NEPOTIAN, a high-ranking officer of the Imperial Guard who left his position to become a priest. St. Nepotian was ordained by his nephew, St. Heliodorus (3rd July), Bishop of the no longer extant, Altino near Venice. St. Nepotian reposed in 395.

PAULINUS, (Date Unknown), a martyr whose relics are enshrined in Cologne, and of whom no further information is extent.

PAULINUS of SINIGAGLIA, a Bishop, and now patron saint, of Senigallia, in Ancona. St. Paulinus reposed in 826, no further information is extant.

PORPHYRIUS, a priest who evangelised in Umbria, and was martyred in 250 by 0beheading during the Decian Persecution.

SACERDOS (SARDOT, SADROC, SARDOU, SERDON, SERDOT), a monk and founding-abbot of Calabre Abbey at Calviat (present-day Calviac-en-Périgord) in Aquitaine. St. Sacerdos was consecrated Bishop of Limoges in 711, shepherding the flock of his See until his repose circa 720.

VENERIUS, believed to have been ordained to the deaconate by St. Ambrose of Milan (7th December), there is no information on his life until his consecration as Bishop of Milan circa 400. During his episcopate, St. Venerius was a great supporter of St. John Chrysostom (13th November), during St. John’s exile from Constantinople. St. Venerius reposed in 409.

17th May N.S.


CATHAN (CATAN, CHATTAN, CADAN), (Sixth Century), St. Cathan, an uncle of St. Blane (10th August), was an Irish missionary who appears to have been a bishop on the Isle of Bute in the sixth, or possibly seventh century. Colgan tells of the discovery of St. Cathan’s tomb at Tamlacht near Londonderry, Ireland, though the Aberdeen Breviary claims his relics are on the Isle of Bute, which is sometimes known as Kil-cathan in his honour.

HERADIUS, PAUL, AQUILINUS and COMPANIONS (MARTYRS of NYON), an unknown number of Christians, of whom only these three names are known. All were martyred circa 303 at Noviodunum (present-day Nyon, Vaud, Switzerland) during the Diocletianic Persecution.

Prior to the Schism the Patriarchate of Rome was Orthodox, and fully in communion with the Orthodox Church. As Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco +1966 said “The West was Orthodox for a thousand years, and her venerable Liturgy is far older than any of her heresies”.

MADEN (MADERN, MADRON), (Date Uncertain), St. Maden was a hermit in Cornwall who spent a period of time in Brittany, where there are several churches dedicated to him. St. Madern’s Well in Cornwall marks the reputed site of his hermitage, and is still a place of pilgrimage.

MAILDUF, (Seventh Century), St. Mailduf, a native of Ireland, travelled to England and founded the great Abbey of SS. Peter and Paul at Malmesbury in Wiltshire. Malmesbury was one of the few monastic houses in England able to maintain a continuous presence from its founding until the Dissolution of the Monasteries, and it is where St. Aldhelm (25th May) was trained. St. Mailduf reposed in 673.

RASSO (RATHO), a Bavarian count and soldier, who fought invading Hungarians. St. Rasso went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, and then Rome. Upon returning to Bavaria, St. Rasso founded a monastery where present-day Grafrath, Fürstenfeldbruck, Bavaria is, where he spent the rest of his life living as a simple monk. St. Rasso reposed 953.

RESTITUTA, a maiden who was martyred near Carthage, Africa Proconsularis, during the Diocletianic Persecution, circa 304. According to tradition, St. Restituta was put on a burning boat which was left to drift in the sea. The boat then drifted to Italy, where he relics were enshrined.

Details of British Saints excerpted from Orthodox Saints of the British Isles.
Details of continental saints from these sources.

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