Pre-Schism Orthodox Western Saints
23rd March (NS) — 10th March (OS)
10th March O.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 A.D. 615, St. Attalas succeeded him as Abbot serving until his repose in A.D. 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 A.D. 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 A.D. 675.
FAILBHE the LITTLE, Abbot of Iona for seven years, he reposed A.D. 754 at the age of eighty. No further information on this saint 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”.
HIMELIN, was a priest, most likely Irish, who reposed at Vissenaeken near Tirlemont in Flanders circa A.D. 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 A.D. 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 A.D. 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 A.D. 420. No further information on this saint is extant.
SIMPLICIUS, the forty-seventh Pope of Rome, St. Simplicius served as Pope from A.D. 468 until his repose in A.D. 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.
23rd March N.S.
BENEDICT of CAMPANIA, a hermit in the Campania mentioned by St. Gregory the Dialogist (3rd September), and friend of St. Benedict of Nursia (11th July). Seized and thrown into a fire by the army of Totila, King of the Ostrogoths (r. 541–552) St. Benedict remained in the fire for a day before emerging completely unharmed. St. Benedict lived until circa 550, reposing of natural causes.
ETHILWALD, a monk at Ripon, St. Ethilwald lived as an anchorite on the Island of Farne for the last twelve years of his life, reposing 699.
FELIX and COMPANIONS, (Late-Fifth Century), a group of twenty-one martyrs under the Arian Vandal King Hunneric in North Africa. Aside from brief mention in the old martyrologies, and by St. Bede the Venerable (25th May), there is nothing known of these saints.
FELIX of MONTE CASSINO, a monk at one of the dependencies of the Abbey of Monte Cassino who reposed circa 1000. Following St. Felix’s repose many miracles were reported to have taken place at his tomb, leading the Bishop of Chieti to have St Felix’s relics enshrined and available for veneration.
FIDELIS, (Date Unknown), a martyr in North Africa of whom nothing is known. Some hagiographers reckon him to be part of the group martyred with Felix (vide supra) under the Arian Vandal King Hunneric, though he is most likely not connected with them.
MAIDOC (MO-MHAEDOG), (Fifth Century), an Abbot of Fiddown in southern Co. Kilkenny in Ireland, nothing further is known about him.
NICON and COMPANIONS, a Roman soldier and leader of a group of monks who took up monastic life whilst in the Holy Land. Hoping to escape the persecution going on at the time in the Holy Land, St. Nicon and his brothers fled to Sicily. Sadly, there they found not safety, but the Decian Persecution, and were all martyred circa 250.
VICTORIAN, CRESCENTIUS, LIBERATUS, and COMPANIONS, St. Victorian, a pro-consul of Carthage, St. Crescentius, a priest, and St. Liberatus, a wealthy merchant. All of whom, including St. Liberatus’ wife and children, martyred in 484 at Hadrumetum under the Arian Vandal King Hunneric for refusing to abandon orthodox Christianity and embrace Arianism.