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Western Saints of the Orthodox Church — 15th February

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15th February

AGAPE (AGAPIA) , a disciple of St. Valentine of Terni (14th February). St. Valentine placed her in charge of the community of women at he founded. St. Agape was martyred circa 273 at Terni in Umbria.

BERACH (BARACHIAS, BERACHIUS), (Sixth Century), a disciple of St. Kevin (3rd June), St. Berach founded a monastery at Clusin-Coirpte (now Termonbarry from the Irish: Tearmann Bearaigh, meaning “St. Barry’s sanctuary”) in Connaught. He is venerated in Co. Roscommon and is the patron saint of Kilbarry near Dublin.

CRATON and COMPANIONS, St. Craton was a Professor of Rhetoric and philosopher who was converted to Christianity by St. Valentine of Terni (14th February). St. Craton, his wife, children, and a large number of his household were martyred circa 273.

DECOROSUS, Bishop of Capua from 665 until his repose in 695. St. Decorossus was one of the prelates who, as a participant, signed the Acts of the Synod of Rome in 680, chaired by Pope St. Agatho (10th January).

DOCHOW (DOCHAU, DOGWYN), (Date Uncertain), there is a fair degree of uncertainty surrounding this saint. He is mentioned in the English Menology as a Welsh saint, though he may be the same as St. Cadoc (24th January), sometimes called St. Dockoe, or St. Dogmæl, St. Docmæl. There is a church in north-east Wales dedicated to a St. Docwy, or Dogway. It is probable that he was the founder of a monastery in Cornwall, and the Annals of Ulster describes him as a bishop.

DRUTHMAR, Abbot of the Imperial Abbey of Corvey in Saxony from 1014 until his repose in 1046.

FARANNAN, a native of Ireland St. Farannan went to Iona to become a disciple of St. Columba (9th June). He later settled in the West of Ireland, where he lived as an anchorite in a cave in the strictest asceticism, reposing circa 590. He is the patron saint of Alterna (All-Faranna) in Sligo, the probable place of his death.

FAUSTINUS and JOVITA, according to tradition, SS. Faustinus (a priest) and Jovita (a deacon) were brothers of noble birth who were energetic preachers of the Gospel throughout Lombardy. It is said they were martyred during the reign of Emperor Hadrian (r. 117 – 138). However, their well-established cultus notwithstanding, recent scholarship suggests their story is mere pious legend.

FAUSTUS, (Sixth Century), a disciple of St. Benedict (11th July) at Monte Cassino.

GEORGIA, an anchoress and wonderworker near the Abbey of our Lady of Clermont in Auvergne. St. Georgia reposed circa 500.

QUINIDIUS, after spending several years as a hermit in Aix in Provence, St. Quinidius was consecrated Bishop of Vaison. Several miracles are said to have resulted from his prayers. St. Quinidius reposed circa 579.

SATURNINUS, CASTULUS, MAGNUS, and LUCIUS, Christians from Passae in the Diocese of Terni, who like their Bishop, St. Valentine (14th February), were martyred 273.

SEVERUS, a sixth century priest in the Abruzzi. According to St. Gregory the Great (3rd September), St. Severus’ prayers raised a dead man to life, and healed many sick people.

SIGFRID, an English priest-monk, who went to Sweden, where he preached the Gospel to the locals, bringing many to Christ, including the King, Olaf. Towards the end of his life St. Sigfrid was consecrated Bishop of Wexiow, serving until is repose circa 1045.

WALFRID (GUALFREDO), the founding Abbot of Monte Virido in Tuscany. St. Walfrid reposed circa 765, and was succeeded as abbot by one of his sons.

WINAMAN, UNAMAN, and SUNAMAN, monks and fellow workers with their uncle St. Sigfrid (vide supra). They followed their uncle to Sweden, where they were martyred by pagans in the latter half of the eleventh century.

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Details of British Saints excerpted from Orthodox Saints of the British Isles.
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