Western Saints of the Orthodox Church
CASSIAN of IMOLA, a third or fourth century martyr. St. Cassian was a schoolmaster, who is said to have been martyred by his students who tied him to a stake and stabbed him to death with their styli.
CASSIAN of TODI, a fourth century Bishop of Todi in central Italy, who was martyred during the persecutions of christians during the reign of Maximian Herculeus.
CENTOLLA and HELEN, (Date Uncertain), two women, possibly nuns, who, according to tradition were martyred near Burgos in Spain.
HERULPH, St. Herulph received monastic tonsure at the Abbey of St. Gall in present-day St. Gallen, Switzerland). He returned to his native Ellwangen in the Dutchy of Swabia (present-day Baden-Württemberg, Germany) circa 764 where he founded and was first Abbot of the Abbey of Salvator Mundi and SS. Peter and Paul, the area’s first Benedictine monastery. St. Herulph later served as the thirty-third Bishop of Langres in Gaul, reposing 785.
HIPPOLYTUS, CONCORDIA, and COMPANIONS, one of the most important theologians of his era, St. Hippolytus is the subject of a variety of legends none of which can be verified. He has been accused of being part of the Novatian Schism, and of setting himself up as an alternative Bishop of Rome, after accusing the incumbent of Sabellianism. However, it seems he repented and was reconciled to the Church before his martyrdom (circa 235). St. Concordia is said to have been St. Hippolytus’ nurse, and she, along with nineteen other Christians were beheaded outside the Tivoli Gate of Rome.
JUNIAN, a sixth century abbot and hermit. St. Junian was the founder of Mairé (Mariacum) Abbey in Poitou, and a friend of St. Radegund (vide infra).
LUDOLF, related to the ducal family of the House of Saxony, and son of the Reeve of Corvey, St. Ludolf served as Abbot of Corbeia Nova (Fürstabtei Corvey) in present-day North Rhine-Westphalia from 965 until his repose 983.
MURTAGH (MUREDACH), (Fifth Century), St. Murtagh was a disciple of St. Patrick (17th March), who consecrated him first Bishop of Killala, Co. Mayo, Ireland. The limited information we have on his life is mainly apocryphal. It appears he resigned his See after few years and spent the remainder of his life as a hermit on an island in Donegal Bay, now called Innismurray after him.
PONTIAN, the successor of St. Urban I (25th May) as Pope of Rome. However, three years into his pontificate he was exiled by the Emperor Maximinus Thrax to Sardinia. He reposed, 235, whilst still in exile. His relics were translated to Rome during the papacy of Fabian (236 – 50), and interred in the papal crypt of the Catacomb of Callistus.
RADEGUND, the daughter of a pagan King in Thuringia taken by the Frankish King Clotaire I to be one of his six wives or concubines. In time she left Clotaire, received monastic tonsure, and founded the Monastery Holy Cross at Poitiers in France where she reposed 587, after more than three decades of monastic life.
WIGBERT, an Anglo-Saxon disciple of St. Egbert (24th April) in Ireland, who spent two tears evangelising the heathen in Friesland. St. Wigbert returned to Ireland where he spent the rest of his life, reposing circa 690.
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”.