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Western Saints of the Orthodox Church — 17th May

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17th May



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. Seventeenth century noted hagiographer and historian John 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.

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.

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”.

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