Orthodox Saints of the Pre-Schism See of Rome
8th April (NS) — 26th March (OS) 2020
BERTILO of DIJON, the Abbot of St. Benignus Abbey in Dijon (eastern France). St. Bertilo was circa 883 martyred at the altar of the Abbey church along with some of his monks during a sack of his abbey by Vikings.
BRAULIO of ZARAGOZA, a monk at the Monastery of St. Engratia in Zaragoza in present-day Aragon, Spain. In 631 St. Braulio succeeded his brother, John (who had ordained him to the priesthood), as Archbishop of Zaragoza. In addition to his customary duties as bishop, St. Braulio served as an advisor to the monarchs. A fierce foe of Arianism St. Braulio successfully converted many Visigoths to Christianity. St. Braulio reposed in 646.
CASTULUS of ROME, a chamberlain in Diocletian’s palace in Rome and husband of St. Irene of Rome (30th March). In 288, St. Castulus was arrested, tortured, and then buried alive for having provided refuge to fellow Christians.
FELICITAS of PADUA, a ninth century nun in Padua, whose relics are enshrined at the Basilica of St. Justina in Padua, Italy.
FELIX of TRIER, though the records of the Church in Trier were destroyed by the Normans, we do know that St. Felix was in 386 consecrated the thirty-third Bishop of Trier by St. Martin of Tours (11th November). A fervent opponent of Priscillianism, St. Felix reposed in 400.
GARBHÁN, (Seventh Century), nothing certain is known about this Irish saint, though he seems to have left his name to the town of Dungarvan (Dún Garbháin) in Co. Waterford, Ireland.
LUDGER of UTRECHT, Apostle of Saxony, a native of Frisia (present-day Netherlands), who spent some time in England and at Monte Cassino. He preached mainly in Westphalia and served as the founding Bishop of the See of Münster. St. Ludger authored a Life of St. Gregory of Utrecht (25th August). He reposed in 809.
MOCHELLOC (CELLOG, MOTTELOG, MOTALOGUS) of KILMALLOCK, (Seventh Century), the patron saint of Kilmallock (Cill Mocheallóg) in Co. Limerick, Ireland. There are no reliable details of his life extant.
MONTANUS the MARTYR and MAXIMA the MARTYR, Montanus, a priest, and Maxima, his wife, martyred by drowning during the Diocletianic Persecution (303–313).
PETER, MARCIAN, JOVINUS, THECLA, CASSIAN, and COMPANIONS, Martyrs of Rome, (Date Unknown), a group of martyrs in Rome whose lives have become hopelessly intertwined that it is now impossible to disentangle them. It is said that some of them may have been bishops.
SINCHEALL of KILLEIGH, (Fifth Century), a disciple of St. Patrick (17th March), and founder of the monastery of Killeigh in Co. Offaly, Ireland. At its peak, there were one hundred and fifty monks at the monastery. There is no further information on this saint extant.
AMANTIUS of COMO, the third Bishop of Como, St. Amantius was the successor of St. Provinus of Como (8th March). He is credited with the construction of the cathedral in Como, which later bore his name. St. Amantius reposed in 440.
CONCESSA, (Date Unknown), a martyr venerated from time immemorial at Carthage (a present-day suburb of Tunis, Tunisia). Nothing further is known of St. Concessa life.
JANUARIUS, MAXIMA, and MACARIA, Martyrs of North Africa, (Date Unknown), listed in ancient martyrologies as having been martyred in North Africa. No further information on their lives is extant.
PERPETUUS of TOURS, the Bishop of Tours (west-central France) from circa 460 until his repose circa 490. St. Perpetuus is remembered for his dedicated care for the poor, to the point of exhausting his own income, and for rebuilding numerous churches in his Diocese.
REDEMPTUS of FERENTINI, a Bishop of Ferentini in present-day Italy who reposed in 586.
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”.