Western Saints of the Orthodox Church
AGNES of POITIERS, St. Agnes was chosen by St. Radegund (13th August) to be Abbess of the Abbey of Holy Cross in the present-day village of Saint-Benoît just outside of Poitiers, France. Shortly thereafter, SS. Agnes and Radegund went to Arles, where St. Caesarius (27th August) gave them the Rule which St. Agnes and the two hundred nuns in her community would follow. St. Agnes reposed in 588.
ANNO (HANNO, ANNON), an eighth century Bishop of Verona who is primarily remembered for his connexion with the translation of the relics of SS. Firmus and Rusticus (9th August) from northern Africa to Bergamo and Verona. St. Anno reposed in 780.
FORTIS GABRIELLI, a disciple of St. Ludolf (13th August) who lived as a hermit in the mountains near Scheggia in Umbria. Later St. Fortis lived at the Hermitage of the Holy Cross (Fonte Avellana) in Serra Sant'Abbondio in the Marche region. St. Fortis reposed 1040.
MAEL (MAHEL), (Sixth Century), St. Mael was a native of Brittany and a disciple of St. Cadfan (1st November), with whom he travelled to Wales. He lived there as a hermit on the Isle of Bardsey. Nothing further is known about him.
NATALIS, the forty-fourth Bishop of Milan from circa 740 until his repose in 751. St. Natalis’ episcopate coincided with the trying period when the Arian Lombards were converting to orthodox Christianity.
ONESIMUS, the fifth Bishop of Soissons, he reposed circa 361.
SERVATUS (SERVAIS), a Bishop of Tongres in present-day Belgium for thirty-seven years. When St. Athanasius was exiled by the Arians, he was hosted by St. Servatus for a while. St. Servatus possessed the gift of clairvoyance, prophesying the mid-fifth century invasion of Gaul by the Huns. In both Glory of the Confessors and History of the Franks. St. Gregory of Tours (17th November) provides detailed accounts of his life including numerous miracles. St. Servatus reposed in 384.
VALERIAN, the third Bishop of Auxerre. St. Valerian was an indomitable protector of Orthodoxy against the Arian heresy. St. Valerian reposed circa 350.
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”.