Western Saints of the Orthodox Church
DAMHNADE, (Date Uncertain), St. Damhnade was a holy virgin who was greatly venerated in Counties Cavan and Fermanagh in Ireland. Nothing is really known of her life or the dates she flourished, though without support noted 16th century hagiographer and historian John Colgan, OFM identifies her as being St. Dymphna (15th May) of Gheel near Antwerp in present-day Belgium. The Félire Óengusso, also without support, claims she was a sister of St. Fursey (16th January).
FANDILAS, one of the forty-eight martyrs of Córdoba (850 – 859). St. Fandilas was Abbot of the monastery of San Salvador (Peña Melaria) near Córdoba, and was beheaded in Cordoba (853) by order of the Emir Mohammed I for publicly displaying his faith in the presence of Muslims, which was considered blasphemy by the Muslim conquerors.
FELICULA, a Roman maiden martyred during the reign of Domitian (r. 81 – 96). For refusing to marry a pagan, St. Felicula was imprisoned for a fortnight without food or water, then racked, and left in a ditch to die, circa 90.
FORTUNATUS and LUCIAN, (Date Unknown), martyrs in North Africa. There may have been six or more Christians martyred with them.
PEREGRINUS (CETHEUS), believed to have been a late fifth century bishop in the Abruzzi region, and said to have been drowned in the River Aterno the Arian Lombards after interceding on behalf of a condemned prisoner.
RAMBERT (RAGNEBERT, RAGNOBERT), a courtier to King Theodoric III of Neustria and Burgundy, and of Austrasia, whose death was ordered by the tyrant Ebroin. St. Rambert was ambushed in the Jura mountains and murdered circa 680, and has since been honoured as a martyr.
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”.