Pre-Schism Orthodox Western Saints
9th May (NS) — 26th April (OS)
26th April O.S.
CLARENTIUS, a seventh century Bishop of Vienna. No further information is extant.
EXUERANTIA, nothing is known about this nun who is venerated in Troyer, and is believed to have reposed circa 380.
LUCIDIUS, a fourth century Bishop of Verona. Nothing else is known of his life.
MARCELLINUS, (on Eastern calendars 7th June) the twenty-ninth Pope of Rome. He was elected at the beginning of the Diocletianic Persecution, and was himself martyred 304
PETER of BRAGA, (Date Unknown) , believed to have been the first Bishop of Braga, and a martyr.
RICHARIUS (RIQUIER), a young pagan man who hid Irish missionaries from Cadoc and Frichor from local pagans. Whilst in hiding the missionaries converted St. Richarius, who became a priest. He travelled on donkey throughout France evangelising, and worked in England for a several years. When he returned to France he founded, and served as first Abbot of a monastery at Centula (present-day Saint-Riquier) near Amiens. St. Richarius was known for his charity and his work ransoming captive. In his final years, he retired to live as a hermit. St. Richarius reposed circa 645.
TRUDPERT, following a pilgrimage to Rome, St. Trudpert, who may have been originally from Ireland, settled as a hermit in Münstethal in the southern Black Forest. He was killed by day labourers, in the pay of a local nobleman, circa 644.
9th May N.S.
BEATUS, (Date Unknown), according to legend, St. Beatus was baptised in England by St. Barnabas the Apostle (11th June), and later priested by St. Peter the Apostle (29th June). St. Beatus then went, or was sent, to the area of Lake Thun in present-day Switzerland. There he lived in a cave above the lake. The mountain was later called Mount Beatenburg in his honour.
GERONTIUS, a Bishop of Cervia near Ravenna. While returning from a synod in Rome circa 501, St. Gerontius was attacked and martyred on the Flaminian Way at a town called Cagli approximately 30 km (19 mi) south of Urbino.
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”.
GORFOR, (Date Unknown) , the patron saint of Llanover in Gwent, Wales. Nothing else is known about this saint’s life.
GREGORY of OSTIA, a Cardinal-Bishop of Ostia near Rome. Later St. Gregory served as Papal Legate to the Kingdoms of Spanish Navarre and Old Castile. He reposed at Logroño, Castile circa 1048.
JOHN of CHÂLON, consecrated the third or fourth Bishop of Châlon-sur-Saône in Burgundy by St. Patiens of Lyons (11th September). St. John reposed circa 475.
SANCTAN, (Sixth Century) St. Sanctan was a Briton who went to Ireland where he was made Bishop of Kill-da-Les / Kill-na-Sanctan, an unknown See which may have been near present-day Dublin. Some sources state he was a son of St. Selyf of Cornwall (25th June), and a brother of St. Cybi (8th November), though there is nothing extant to substantiate this theory.
VINCENT, a monk at the Monastery of St. Peter de Montes in the Kingdom of León, and disciple of St. Gennadius of Astorga (25th May) whom he succeeded as Abbot of St. Peter’s. St. Vincent reposed circa 950.