Pre-Schism Orthodox Western Saints
9th May (NS) — 26th April (OS)
26th April O.S.
CLARENTIUS, a seventh century Bishop of Vienna (Austria). No further information is extant.
EXUERANTIA, nothing is known about this nun who is venerated in Troyes (north-central France), and is believed to have reposed circa 380.
LUCIDIUS, a fourth century Bishop of Verona in the Veneto region of Italy. Nothing else is known of his life.
MARCELLINUS, consecrated the twenty-ninth Pope of Rome in June 296. St. Marcellinus was martyred in 304 during the Diocletianic Persecution.
PETER of BRAGA, (Date Unknown), believed to have been the first Bishop of Braga in Portugal and a martyr.
RICHARIUS (RIQUIER, RICARIO) of CELLES, a young pagan man who hid Irish missionaries, SS. Caidoc and Fricor (1st April) from local pagans. Whilst in hiding the missionaries converted St. Richarius, who became a priest. He travelled on donkey throughout France evangelising, and worked in England for a several years. When he returned to France he founded, and served as first Abbot of a monastery at Centula (later known as St. Riquier Abbey / abbaye de Saint-Riquier), in present-day Saint-Riquier, near Amiens in northern France. St. Richarius was known for his charity and his work ransoming captives. In his final years, he retired to live as a hermit. St. Richarius reposed circa 645.
TRUDPERT of MÜNSTERTAL, following a pilgrimage to Rome, St. Trudpert, who may have been originally from Ireland, settled as a hermit in Münstethal in the southern Black Forest, in present-day Germany. He was killed by day labourers, in the pay of a local nobleman, circa 644.
9th May N.S.
BEATUS of BEATENBERG, Apostle of Switzerland, (Date Unknown), according to legend, St. Beatus was baptised in England by St. Barnabas the Apostle (11th June), and later priested by St. Peter the Apostle (29th June). St. Beatus then went, or was sent, to the area of Lake Thun in the the Bernese Oberland in present-day Switzerland. There he lived in a cave above the lake. The mountain was later called Mount Beatenburg in his honour.
GERONTIUS of CERVIA, a Bishop of Cervia near Ravenna (Italy). While returning from a synod in Rome circa 501, St. Gerontius was attacked and martyred on the Flaminian Way at a town called Cagli approximately 30 km (19 mi) south of Urbino (Italy).
GORFOR of LLANOVER, (Date Unknown) , the patron saint of Llanover in Gwent, Wales. Nothing else is known about this saint’s life.
GREGORY of OSTIA, a Cardinal-Bishop of Ostia near Rome. Later St. Gregory served as Papal Legate to the Kingdoms of Spanish Navarre and Old Castile, both part of present-day Spain. He reposed at Logroño, Castile circa 1048.
JOHN of CHÂLON, consecrated the third or fourth Bishop of Châlon-sur-Saône in Burgundy (France) by St. Patiens of Lyons (11th September). St. John reposed circa 475.
SANCTAN of KILL-da-LES, (Sixth Century) St. Sanctan was a Briton who went to Ireland where he was made Bishop of Kill-da-Les / Kill-na-Sanctan, an unknown See which may have been near present-day Dublin. Some sources state he was a son of St. Selyf of Cornwall (25th June), and a brother of St. Cybi (8th November), though there is nothing extant to substantiate this theory.
VINCENT of MONTES, a monk at the Monastery of St. Peter de Montes (Monasterio de San Pedro de Montes) in the Kingdom of León (present-day Spain), and disciple of St. Gennadius of Astorga (25th May) whom he succeeded as Abbot of St. Peter’s. St. Vincent reposed circa 950.
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”.