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Western Saints of the Orthodox Church — 11th April

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AGERICUS (AGUY, AIRY), a spiritual child of St. Eligius of Noyon (1st December), and later Abbot of Marmoutier Abbey just outside of Tours. St. Agericus reposed circa A.D. 680.

DOMNIO and COMPANIONS, (Date Uncertain), according to tradition, St. Domnio was one of the Seventy, and having accompanied St. Peter (29th June) to Rome, was dispatched to enlighten Dalmatia and serve as the first Bishop of Salona. He is said to have been martyred in Salona. However, there are sources which claim he was martyred during the Diocletianic Persecution (A.D. 303 – circa A.D. 313), over two hundred years later.

GODEBERTHA, having received monastic tonsure from Eligius (1st December) at Noyon. She later was the first abbess of the convent founded there. St. Godebertha reposed circa A.D. 700.

Icon of St. Guthlac of Croyland

Icon of St. Guthlac of Croyland

GUTHLAC, (Eighth Century), a prince of the house of Mercia and a noteworthy warrior, St. Guthlac renounced the world and received monastic tonsure at Repton Abbey in Derbyshire, England. He went on to spend the last fifteen to twenty years of his life as a hermit in the fens in Lincolnshire renowned for his sanctity and asceticism. Later Crowland Abbey was built over his tomb. The British Library possesses (Harley Roll Y.6) a vellum roll consisting of 17½ drawings depicting the life of St. Guthlac, known as the Guthlac Roll. St. Guthlac reposed A.D. 714.

ISAAC, a monk in Syria who fled persecution by the Monophysites. St. Issac settled in Monteluco near Spoleto in Umbria where he founded a monastery, from which he played an important role in the restoration of eremitical life to 6th century Italy. St. Isaac reposed circa A.D. 550.

MACHAI, (Fifth Century), a disciple of St. Patrick (17th March), St. Machai founded a monastery on the Isle of Bute in the Firth of Clyde on the west coast of Scotland.

MAEDHOG (AEDHAN, MOGUE), (Sixth Century), known for working many miracles during his life, St. Maedhog was an Abbot of Clonmore, in Co. Carlow, Ireland. A close ally of SS. Onchu (8th February) and Finan (7th April), he worked with them to promote peace amongst the Irish chieftains of the time.

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