Western Saints of the Orthodox Church <br class="clearfix">—<br class="clearfix"> 11th June
BLITHARIUS (BLIER), (Seventh Century), a native of Scotland who accompanied St. Fursey (16th January) to Neustria (in present-day France). St. Blitharius settled in present-day Champagne region in north-eastern France. He is described as having been a man who spent his whole life in penance and prayer.
FELIX and FORTUNATUS of AQUILEIA, two brothers who were brutally tortured to death circa 296 in Aquileia (north-eastern Italy) during the Diocletianic Persecution.
HEREBALD (HERBAND) of BRETAGNE, (Eighth Century), a Briton who went to Brittany (north-western France) where he lived as a hermit.
TOCHUMRA, (Date Unknown), there are two St. Tochumras listed for this day, neither of whom have Lives extant. According to the noted hagiographer and historian John Colgan O.F.M. (†c. 1657), the first was the titular saint of the parish of Tochumrach in the See of Fenabore (Killfenora) in Co. Clare; the second from the See of Kilmore, in Co. Cavan, both in Ireland. Her intercession was called upon by women in labour. No further information about either of them is extant.
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”.