Western Saints of the Orthodox Church
BONIFACE CURITAN, a Bishop of Ross in Scotland, who was very likely the leader of a group of missionaries sent from Rome to evangelise the Picts and Scots. St. Boniface Curitan is said to have founded one hundred and fifty churches. He reposed circa 650.
DIACONUS, (Sixth Century), a deacon in the Marsi in present-day central Italy, whose name is lost to time. He was martyred together with two monks by the Lombards.
LEO, (Fourth or Fifth Century), a bishop of whom nothing is now known to us. It seems he was martyred by Arians, in the Agro Verano.
MARTYRS of ROME, forty-seven martyrs who are traditionally believed to have been baptised by the Apostle Peter (29th June), and are said to have been martyred together in Rome, circa 67, during the reign of Nero (r. 54 – 68).
MATILDA (MATHILDIS, MAUD), the wife of the German Emperor, Henry the Fowler. A very generous and charitable woman, following the repose of her son Henry, St. Matilda devoted herself to establishing churches and monasteries. Amongst these were Abbeys in Nordhausen, Pöhlde, Engern and Quedlinburg, but to list a few. She was a widow for thirty years and abused by her sons, who stole most of her possessions. St. Matilda reposed in 968.
PETER and APHRODISIUS, (Fifth Century), martyrs under the Arian Vandals in North Africa.
MARTYRS of VALERIA, (Fifth Century), two monks in the province of Valeria in present-day Italy who were slain by the Lombards by being hanged on a tree. Even after they were dead, they were heard singing psalms even by their enemies.
TALMACH, little is known of this saint aside from a few references to him by the Bollandists, Colgan, and an old Life of St. Finbarr of Cork. He seems to have been a disciple of St. Finbarr (25th September) at Lough Erc (present–day Guagán Barra, Co. Cork), and later founder of a monastery.
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”.