Dr. John (Ellsworth) Hutchison-Hall

Writings on Orthodox Christian theology and related miscellanea.

Writings on Orthodox Christian theology and related miscellanea.

Western Saints of the Orthodox Church — 13th February

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AIMO (AIMONIUS), the founder of the convent of St. Victor in Meda, Lombardy. St. Aimo reposed circa A.D. 790.

BENIGNUS, a priest in Todi in Umbria martyred circa A.D. 303 during the Diocletianic Persecution.

DYFNOG, a Welsh saint of the family of Caradog, he was greatly venerated in Clwyd. No further information on this saint is extant.

ERMENHILD (ERMENGILD, ERMENILDA), St. Ermenhild was the daughter of King Erconbert of Kent and St. Saxburgh (6th July), as well as the wife of King Wulfhere of Mercia, and the mother of St. Werburgh (3rd February). Upon the death of her husband, she joined her mother at the Abbey of Minster in Sheppey, and eventually succeeded her as abbess. She later joined her daughter St. Etheldreda’s (23rd June) monastery at Ely, where they remained for the rest of their earthly lives. It is thought the repose of St. Ermenild may have taken place about A.D. 700.

FULCRAN, drawn to serving God at an early age, St. Fulcran became a priest and quickly became known for his asceticism and sanctity of life. This led to his selection, in A.D. 949, to be the thirtieth Bishop of Lodève in Languedoc. He served the diocese for fifty-seven years, during which time he restored churches and monasteries, and founded hospitals for those in need. St. Fulcran reposed in A.D. 1006.

FUSCA and MAURA, St. Fusca, a maiden, and St. Maura her nanny, were martyred in Ravenna, circa A.D. 250, during the Decian Persecution for refusing to renounce Christianity and perform pagan sacrifices.

GOSBERT, a disciple of St. Ansgar (3rd February), and fellow missionary with St. Nithard (4th February). Consecrated fourth Bishop of Osnabruck in A.D. 845, St. Gosbert served the See until his repose in A.D. 860.

HUNA, St. Huna was a priest-monk at Ely under St. Audrey (23rd June), to whom he attended during the last moments of her life. He subsequently became a hermit in the fens near Chatteris, at a place now called Honey Farm after him, reposing circa A.D. 690.

JULIAN of LYONS, (Date Unknown), though several sources claim he was martyred in Nicomedia, the Roman Martyrology states his martyrdom took place at Lyon. Unfortunately, nothing further is known of his life.

LUCINUS (LEZIN), a Count of Anjou who renounced his title and became a monk. He was later consecrated Bishop of Angers by St. Gregory of Tours (17th November). St. Lucinus reposed circa A.D. 618.

MODOMNOCK (DOMNOC, DOMINIC), an Irish saint and disciple of St. David (1st March) in Wales. He returned to Ireland where he lived as a hermit near Kilkenny. According to legend, St. Modomnock introduced bees to Ireland when a swarm followed him from his monastery in Wales where he had been a beekeeper. St. Modomnock reposed circa A.D. 550.

STEPHEN of LYONS, a Bishop of Lyons, who worked to convert the Arian Burgundians to orthodox Christianity. St. Stephen reposed in A.D. 512.

STEPHEN of RIETI, an Abbot at Rieti in Lazio, of whom St. Gregory the Dialogist (3rd September) writes in his Dialogues. St. Stephen reposed circa A.D. 590.

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