Pre-Schism Orthodox Western Saints
14th April (NS) — 1st April (OS)
1st April O.S.
CAIDOC and FRICOR (ADRIAN), two seventh century Irish missionaries, who went to north-eastern Gaul where they evangelised the Morini tribesmen. SS. Caidoc and Fricor’s mission was extremely fruitful, and amongst those brought to Christ was St. Richardius (26th April).
CELLACH (CEILACH, KEILACH, CELLACH mac SÓERGUSSA), (Ninth Century), a member of the re-founding group of the Abbey of Kells, Co. Meath, Ireland, prior to his elevation to the See of Armagh. Whilst in his Acta Sanctorum Hiberniae the noted hagiographer and historian John Colgan O.F.M. (†c. 1657) numbers at least thirty-three Celtic saints named Cellach or Ceilach, it is most likely that this St. Cellach was an Abbot of Iona, prior to his consecration as Bishop of Armagh.
DODOLINUS, (Seventh Century), the thirty-seventh Bishop of Vienne in south-eastern present-day France.
TEWDRIG ap TEITHFALLT, Welsh king who abdicated in favour of his son, to live as a hermit. Martyred during a Saxon invasion in 630.
THEODORA, the sister of St. Hermes (28th August) to whom she provided material and emotional support during St. Hermes imprisonment and torture. The Acta of Pope St. Alexander I (3rd May) state that St. Theodora also buried St. Hermes (28th August) following his martyrdom. St. Theodora, herself, was martyred soon after. SS. Theodora and Hermes were buried side by side, circa 125.
VENANTIUS, a bishop in the Dalmatia region of present-day Croatia. St. Venantius along with several companions, was martyred in the mid- third century.
VALÉRY (GUALARIC, WALERICUS), a monk at the Abbey of SS. Peter and Paul of Luxeuil (abbaye Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul de Luxeuil), who went on to found the Abbey of Leuconay at present-day Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, France. St.
14th April N.S.
ABUNDIUS, a Sacristan of the Church of Saint Peter in Rome, whose simplicity and holiness of live was written of by St. Gregory the Dialogist (3rd September). St. Abundius reposed circa 564.
DOMNINA and COMPANION, two consecrated virgins who were martyred in 269 along with St. Valentine (14th February).
LAMBERT (LAMBERTUS) of LYON, a high-ranking member of the Court of King Clotaire III (r. 661–673) who left his position at Court to receive monastic tonsure at the Abbey of St. Peter / abbaye de Saint-Pierre (later the Abbey of St. Wandrille / abbaye de Saint-Wandrille de Fontenelle) in Fontenelle, Normandy (France). St. Lambert succeeded St. Wandrille (22nd July) as abbot in 669, serving until his consecration as Archbishop of Lyon (France) in 678, leading his Archdiocese until his repose in 688.
TASSACH, One of St. Patrick’s (17th March) earliest converts and disciples. St. Tassach was a skilled artisan who made croziers, crosses, and shrines for St. Patrick. He served as the first Bishop of Raholp in Co. Down, Ireland. St. Tassach also had the privilege of administering Holy Viaticum to the dying St. Patrick. St. Tassach reposed circa 495.
TIBURTIUS, VALERIAN, and MAXIMUS, third century martyrs in Rome. SS. Tiburtius and Valerian were brothers. All of them were beaten to death.
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”.