Western Saints of the Orthodox Church
BONIFACE of TARSUS, St. Boniface left his native Rome and travelled to Tarsus in Cilicia (present-day Mersin, Turkey), to retrieve relics. unfortunately, St. Boniface was martyred in Cilicia circa A. D. 307.
BONIFACE, (Sixth Century), Bishop of Ferentino in Tuscany during the reign of Emperor Justin (r. 518-527). St. Gregory the Dialogist (3rd September) wrote of his holiness.
CARTHAGE (CARTHACH MOCHUDA) the YOUNGER, born in Kerry in Ireland with the name Mochuda, he became a disciple and foster-son of St. Carthage the Elder (5th March), hence being remembered as St. Carthage the Younger. He spent several years as a hermit, and then as a monk at Bangor under St. Comgall (10th May) for about a year. St. Carthage then founded a monastery at Rathin Co. Westmeath where he soon presided over one thousand monks. Political intrigue led to his community’s expulsion from Rathin (circa 685), and he and his monks settled on the banks of the River Blackwater in Co. Waterford. This new establishment grew into the famous Abbey and Bishopric of Lismore, though St. Carthage reposed circa 637 roughly eighteen months after its founding.
EREMBERT, St. Erembert received monastic tonsure at Abbey of St. Peter (later the Abbey of St. Wandrille) in Fontenelle, Normandy circa 640. He was appointed Bishop of Toulouse by King Clotaire III (r. 658-673) in 656. St. Erembert resigned his See in 668, returning to Fontenelle where he spent the rest of his life as a simple monk, reposing circa 672.
HALLVARD (HALWARD), a member of the Norwegian royal family, St. Hallvard was killed with an arrow shot, in retaliation for helping a woman falsely accused of theft and was being chased by a mob. After killing St. Hallvard, one of the mob then shot the woman who had sought his protection (circa 1043). A stone was tied around St. Hallvard’s neck and he was thrown into the sea, but he floated. St. Hallvard has since been venerated as a martyr because he died protecting the innocent.
JUSTA, JUSTINA, and HENEDINA, three Christian women (possibly sisters) who were martyred circa 130 in Sardinia during the reign of Emperor Hadrian (117-138).
PONTIUS of CIMIEZ, martyred during the reign of Emperors Valerian and his son Gallienus (r. 253 -268). The exact date is unknown, though most sources place it around 258. His martyrdom took place in Cimiez, a neighbourhood in present-day Nice, France. His relics were enshrined in the village of Saint-Pons (named in his honour) 80 km / 50 mi north of Nice.
TUTO (TOTTO), a monk at St. Emmeram's Abbey in Regensburg Bavaria. St. Tuto was consecrated ninth Bishop of Regensburg, and Abbot ex officio of St. Emmeram's 894. He remained Bishop until his repose in 930.
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”.