Pre-Schism Orthodox Western Saints
17th May (NS) — 4th May (OS)
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 A.D. 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 A.D. 1052.
CYRIACUS (QUIRIACUS), (Date Unknown), most likely a Bishop of Ancona in the Marches who was martyred whilst on pilgrimage in th
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 A.D. 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 A.D. 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 A.D. 953.
RESTITUTA, a maiden who was martyred near Carthage, Africa Proconsularis, during the Diocletianic Persecution, circa A.D. 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.