Western Saints of the Orthodox Church
ANSOVINUS, a wonderworking hermit priest at Castel Raimondo near Torcello (part of present-day Metropolitan Venice), who was consecrated Bishop of Camerino (in the present-day Italian Marches) by Pope Leo IV (†855). While Bishop, St. Ansovinus was confessor to Emperor Louis the Pious (r. 813–840) and attended the Council of Rome in 861. St. Ansovinus reposed in 868.
GERALD, St. Gerald founded the monastery, and Diocese of Mayo in western Ireland. He was one of the English monks who accompanied St. Colman (18th February) when he retired to Ireland, following the Synod of Whitby. St. Colman made him abbot of the English monastery he founded at Mayo, which he ruled with great success, reposing at a very advanced age in 732.
HELDRAD (ELDRAD), originally from Provence, he spent his fortune on good works, and then went on a pilgrimage to Rome, where he became a monk at the Abbey of SS. Peter and Andrew (Abbazia di Novalesa) in Novalesa, part of present-day Turin, Italy. St. Heldrad served as Abbot of Novalesa for thirty years, reposing in 842.
KEVOCA (KENNOTHA, QUIVOCA), an Irish or Scottish saint of whom nothing is now known with any certitude. Some claim that he is the same saint as St. Mochoemoc (vide infra), founder and first Abbot of Liath-Mochoemoc in Co. Tipperary, Ireland. However, in ancient Scottish Calendars St. Kevoca is listed as a female saint.
MOCHOEMOC (MOCHAEMHOG, PULCHERIUS, VULCANIUS), the nephew of St. Ita (15th January), he received monastic tonsure at Bangor Abbey (in present-day Co. Down, Ulster) when St. Comgall (10th May) was Abbot. St. Mochoemoc later was the Abbot-founder Liath-Mochoemoc Abbey in Co. Tipperary, Ireland. He reposed circa 655.
RAMIRUS and COMPANIONS, St. Ramerirus, Prior of St. Claudius Abbey, Léon, Spain, along with the rest of the monks were martyred whilst chanting the Creed by Arian Visigoths circa 600–630.
RODERICK (RUDERICUS, RODRIGO) and SALOMON (SOLOMON), St. Roderick was a priest in Moorish Spain. One of his brothers converted to Islam and then told the athorities St. Roderick had converted as well. When the authorities asked if it was indeed true that he had converted. St. Roderick denied this proclaiming his faith in Christ. The authorities decided that he had become a Muslim and then apostatised. For this he was imprisoned. In prison he shared a cell with St. Salomon, with whom he was beheaded in 857. SS. Roderick and Salomon are counted amongst the group collectively known as The Martyrs of Córdoba.
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”.