Western Saints of the Orthodox Church
BERTHOALD, (Seventh Century), the fifth Bishop of Cambrai-Arras, about 50 km (30 mi) south of present-day Lille, France.
COLMAN of STOCKERAU, an Irish or Scottish monk who, when traveling through Austria on his way to the Holy Land, was arrested as a spy and unable to defend himself as he did not speak German. St. Colman was tortured and hanged with criminals in Stockerau near Vienna 1012. Miracles were worked at his grave and he was quickly venerated as a saint. St. Colman is one of the patron saints of Austria.
COMGAN, (Eighth Century), the son of Kelly, Prince of Leinster, Ireland, brother of St. Kentigerna (7th January), and uncle of St. Foellan (9th January). Following the death of his father he travelled, along with his sister and nephew (and possibly others) to Scotland where he established a monastery at Lochalsh, near Skye, in the Inner Hebrides, Scotland serving as its first Abbot. St. Comgan lived a long and most holy life at Lochalsh, and following his repose, his nephew, St. Foellan enshrined his relics at Iona.
FAUSTUS, JANUARIUS, and MARTIAL, three martyrs in Cordoba, whom the Roman Christian poet Prudentius called ‘The Three Crowns of Cordoba’. SS. Faustus, Januarius, and Martial were subjected to heinous torture and then burnt alive during the Diocletianic Persecution circa 304.
FYNCANA and FYNDOCA, (Date Unknown), the Aberdeen Breviary lists SS. Fyncana and Fyndoca as Scottish martyrs on this date, however no further information on these saints remains extant.
GERALD of AURILLAC, all that is known about St. Gerald is from a Life by St. Odo of Cluni who had never met St. Gerald, and there are no primary sources extant. St. Gerald was a Count of Aurillac in Gaul and though his greatest desire was to be a monk, his noble obligations impeded this. Therefore, following the advice of his friend Bishop Gausbert of Rodez, St. Gerald lived a life as close to monasticism as possible in the world, even founding a monastery and church on his estate. He reposed in 909, and many miracles have been attributed to his intercession.
REGIMBALD (REGINBALD, REGIMBAUT, REGINHARD II of DILLINGEN), received monastic tonsure at St. Ulrich's and St. Afra's Abbey (Kloster Sankt Ulrich und Afra Augsburg) in Augsburg, Bavaria. He later spent time at Ebersberg Abbey before being chosen as the Abbot of Lorsch. In 1032 St. Regimbald was consecrated the twenty-ninth Prince-Bishop of Speyer in the present-day area of the German states of Rhineland-Palatinate and Baden-Württemberg. St. Regimbald reposed in 1039.
ROMULUS, a noted theologian and early Bishop of Genoa, St. Romulus reposed circa 641, at the coastal town of Matuziano in Liguria, which is now called San Remo after him. No further information on him is extant.
SIMPERT (SIMBERT, SINTHERT), following the completion of his studies at Murbach Abbey (about 24 km / 15 mi south west of Colmar in Alsace), St. Simpert received monastic tonsure at Murbach and in time was elected its Abbot. In 778 he was appointed the fourteenth Prince-Bishop of Augsburg by Charlemagne. St. Simpert ruled that See, while remaining Abbot of Murbach until his repose circa 809. St. Simpert is one of the patron saints of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Augsburg.
VENANTIUS, a fifth century Abbot of St. Martin in Tours.
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”.