Pre-Schism Orthodox Western Saints
10th March (NS) — 25th February (OS)
25th February O.S.
ALDETRUDIS (ADELTRUDIS), the daughter of SS. Vincent Madelgarus (20th September) and Waldetrudis (9th April). St. Aldetrudis joined her Aunt St. Aldegund of Maubeuge (30th January) at Maubeuge Abbey. There she was given the obedience of caring for her Aunt, and follow St. Aldegund’s repose in 684, St. Aldetrudis as Abbess. St. Aldetrudis served as the second Abbess until her repose in 696.
DONATUS, JUSTUS, HERENA, and COMPANIONS, (Third Century), members of a group martyred in North Africa during the Decian Persecution.
FELIX III (II), forty-eighth Pope of Rome from 483 until his repose in 492. Most sources, including the Annuario Pontificio, list him as Felix III, though there is no Felix II list. Felix II was an Antipope installed following the banishment of Pope St. Liberius by the Roman Emperor.
St. Felix was Great-grandfather of Pope St. Gregory the Dialogist (3rd September), set the stage for the reconciling of the Church and those who had embraced the heresy of Eutychianism. He also drafted conditions for the readmittance to the Church for those North Africans who had apostatized during the Vandal persecutions.
VICTOR, a monk at St. Gall, who spent his later years as a hermit in the Vosges Mountains in Lorraine where he reposed in 995.
WALBURGH (WALBURGA), daughter of King St. Richard (7th February) and sister of SS. Willibald (7th July) and Winebald (18th December). St. Walburgh received monastic tonsure at Wimborne Abbey in Dorset in England where she was a disciple of St. Tetta (28th September). She later joined the mission of SS. Lioba (28th September) and Boniface (5th June) to evangelise the tribes of present-day Germany. St. Walburgh later served as Abbess of the double monastery of Heidenheim am Hahnenkamm in Bavaria until her repose in 779.
10th March N.S.
ATTALAS, a native of Burgundy, who received monastic tonsure at the Abbey of Our Lady of Lérins. St. Attalas joined St. Columbanus (23rd November) when he left Lérins for Luxeuil, and later to Bobbio, assisting St. Columbanus in the founding of what came to be called the Abbey of St. Columbanus. Following St. Columbanus’ repose in 615, St. Attalas succeeded him as Abbot serving until his repose in 627.
DROCTOVEUS (DROTTÉ), a disciple of St. Germanus of Paris (28th May), who became Abbot of St. Symphorian Abbey in Autun. After his elevation to the Episcopacy, St. Germanus appointed St. Droctoveus first Abbot of the Abbey of St. Vincent and the Holy Cross, which was later renamed Saint-Germain-des-Prés. St. Droctoveus reposed circa 580.
EMILIAN (EMINIAN), an Irishman who received monastic tonsure at, and later was Abbot of, the Abbey of St. Peter in Lagny-sur-Marne, near Paris. St. Emilian reposed in 675.
FAILBHE the LITTLE, Abbot of Iona for seven years, he reposed 754 at the age of eighty. No further information on this saint is extant.
HIMELIN, was a priest, most likely Irish, who reposed at Vissenaeken near Tirlemont in Flanders circa 750, as he was returning from a pilgrimage to Rome.
KESSOG (MACKESSOG), St. Kessog is said to have been an Irish prince from Cashel in Tipperary who, even as a child, is said to have worked miracles. St. Kessog left Ireland and became a missionary bishop in Scotland, where he evangelised the Lennox and Southern Perthshire areas until he was martyred (circa 560). According to one legend, his martyrdom took place at Bandry, where a heap of stones was known as St. Kessog’s Cairn.
SEDNA, St. Sedna was a Bishop of Ossory and Abbot of Seir-Kieran Abbey, both in Ireland. He reposed circa 570. There is no further information on his life extant.
SILVESTER, a companion of St. Palladius (7th July) in his mission to Ireland. St. Silvester is believed to have reposed circa 420. No further information on this saint is extant.
SIMPLICIUS, the forty-seventh Pope of Rome, St. Simplicius served as Pope from 468 until his repose in 483. While Pope, St. Simplicius was a tenacious defender of the condemnation of the heresy of Monophysitism by the Council of Chalcedon. He also helped the people of Rome as they faced barbarian invaders.
VICTOR, (Date Unknown), a martyr in North Africa during the Decian Persecution. Some martyrologies list several companions, though nothing certain is known.
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”.