Western Saints of the Orthodox Church
ANSOVINUS, a wonderworking hermit priest at Castel Raimondo near Torcello, who was consecrated Bishop of Camerino by Pope Leo IV. While Bishop, St. Ansovinus was confessor to Emperor Louis the Pious, attended the Council of Rome in 861. St. Ansovinus reposed in 840.
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 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 monastery of Novalese. St. Heldrad served as Abbot of Novalese 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 Tipperary. 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 when St. Comgall (10th May) was Abbot. St. Mochoemoc later was the Abbot-founder Liath-Mochoemoc. Abbey at Tipperary. He reposed circa 655.
RAMIRUS and COMPANIONS, St Ramerirus, Prior of St. Claudius Abbey, along with the rest of the monks were martyred whilst chanting the Creed by the Arian Visigoths either circa 554 or 630.
RODERICK (RUDERICUS, RODRIGO) and SALOMON (SOLOMON), St. Roderick, a priest in Moorish Spain denounced by a brother who had become a Muslim. When question by the authorities, who were told he was a Muslim, asked if it was indeed true that he had converted. Denying this, St. Roderick proclaimed his faith in Christ. Ruled an apostate he was imprisoned where he shared a cell with St. Salomon, with whom he was beheaded in 857.
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”.