Western Saints of the Orthodox Church <br class="clearfix">—<br class="clearfix"> 25th April
ERMINUS (ERMIN), following the completion of his studies at the Cathedral School of Laon (northern France), and ordination to the priesthood, St. Erminus received monastic tonsure from St. Ursmar (19th April) at the the Abbey of St. Peter of Lobbes (abbaye Saint-Pierre de Lobbes), Hainaut, in present-day Belgium. Following nomination by St. Ursmar, St. Erminus was elected second Abbot of Lobbes in 718. He was known for his personal holiness, gift of clairvoyance, and wisdom. St. Erminus reposed in 737.
EVODIUS, HERMOGENES, and CALLISTA, (Date Unknown), listed in the oldest of martyrologies as having been martyred in Syracuse in Sicily. There is no further information extant. Some martyrologies list them on 2nd September.
HERIBALDUS, raised in the Court of Charlemagne (r. 768–814), St. Heribaldus received monastic tonsure at, and later served as Abbot of, the Abbey of Saint-Germain of Auxerre (abbaye Saint-Germain d'Auxerre) in Auxerre, Burgundy, present-day France. He was the first chaplain to the royal palace of Louis the Pious, King of the Franks (r. 814–840). Following the repose of his uncle, St. Angelelmus (7th July), Bishop of Auxerre, in 829, St. Heribaldus, with significant support from King Louis, was consecrated Bishop of Auxerre. St. Heribaldus reposed circa 857.
MACAILLE, Bishop of Croghan, Co. Offaly, Ireland, St. Macaille was a disciple of St. Mel of Ardagh (6th February) and assisted him in tonsuring St. Brigid of Kildare (1st February) into the monastic life. He reposed circa 489.
MELLA, Following the repose of her husband, St. Mella received monastic tonsure and eventually became Abbess of Doire-Mells in Co. Leitrim, Ireland. Our knowledge of this saint is based upon the limited information available from the noted hagiographer and historian John Colgan O.F.M. (†c. 1657) as well as in the Acta Sanctorum the Bollandists place her firmly in the eighth century. Yet at the same time both sources state she was the mother of two saints; St. Cannech (11th October) and St. Tigernach (4th April), who are generally accepted to have lived in the sixth century.
PHAEBADIUS (PHÉBADE), the first historically documented Bishop of Agen. He was close friends with St. Hilary of Poitiers (13th January) he fought Arianism and authored the still extant Contra Arianos (Against Arianism). St. Phaebadius is also one of the men St. Jerome profiled in De Viris Illustribus (On Illustrious Men). St. Phaebadius reposed circa 392.
ROBERT of SYRACUSE, abbot of a monastery in Syracuse in Sicily who reposed circa 1000. Nothing further is known of his life.
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”.