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 — 30th March

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30th March

CLINIUS, (Date Unknown), a Greek monk at the Abbey of Monte Cassino, and later Abbot of St. Peter’s near Pontecorvo in Lazio.

FERGUS, (Sixth Century), he was a Bishop of Downpatrick in Co. Down in Ireland. Though he has always been held in great veneration, the details of his life are uncertain, and it is even possible that he was the same man as St. Fergus of Scotland (27th November), who flourished in the eighth century A.D.

MAMERTINUS, a monk, and later Abbot of the Monastery of SS. Cosmas and Damian in Auxerre. St. Mamertinus reposed circa A.D. 462.

OSBURGH (OSBURGA), (Eleventh Century), an Abbess, and according to some sources the first of the convent founded at Coventry by King Canute. There are no particulars about her extant.

PASTOR, reputed to have been Bishop of Orléans at some point in the sixth century A.D. Though St. Pastor is listed in the old martyrologies, he does not appear on any lists of hierarchs of the See.

PATTO (PACIFICUS), believed to have a native of Ireland, St. Patto went to Saxony where he became abbot of a monastery, and later was consecrated Bishop of Werden. St. Patto reposed circa A.D. 788.

QUIRINUS, the Roman administrator of the prison in which Pope St. Alexander I (3rd May) was confined. St. Alexander converted him and his daughter St. Balbina (31st March). However, shortly afterwards St. Quirinus was arrested, tortured, and beheaded circa A.D. 117, during Hadrian’s persecutions.

REGULUS (RIEUL), the first Bishop of Civitas Silvanectium, Gaul (present-day Senlis, France). St. Regulus reposed circa A.D. 260.

TOLA, little is known about this saint, other than that he was originally a hermit at Tola, Co. Meath. St. Tola built a monastery for his many disciples, and eventually was consecrated Bishop of Clonard. He is believed to have reposed circa A.D. 733.

ZOSIMUS, thirty years after entering the monastery of Santa Lucia near Syracuse in Sicily at the age of seven, St. Zosimus was made Abbot, and roughly two decades later was consecrated Bishop of Syracuse. St. Zosimus reposed circa A.D. 660 at the age of ninety.

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

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