Western Saints of the Orthodox Church
AGILEUS of CARTHAGE, a martyr in Carthage (a present-day suburb of Tunis, Tunisia) circa 300 whose relics were later translated to Rome. St. Agileus was also memorialised in a sermon by St. Augustine of Hippo (28th August).
ANTIOCHUS (ANDEOL) of LYONS, (Fifth Century), the priest charged with travelling to Egypt to convince St. Justus of Lyons (2nd September and 14th October) to return to Lyons, after he resigned and became a hermit. Unsuccessful in this endeavour, on his return St. Antiochus was chosen Bishop of Lyons.
AURELIA of STRASBOURG, a princess from the family of Hugh Capet, King of France (r. 987–996). Facing a marriage arranged against her will, St. Aurelia fled to Alsace (eastern France) and lived for over fifty years as an anchoress in what is present-day Strasbourg, France. St. Aurelia reposed in 1027.
BRUNO (BRUN, BONIFACE) of QUERFURT, Apostle of Livonia and Second Apostle of the Prussians, born in Querfurt in the southern part of the present-day German state of Saxony-Anhalt. St. Bruno was a member of the Court of Otto III, Holy Roman Emperor (r. 996–1002). Whilst traveling with the Emperor to Rome, he received monastic tonsure at a monastery near Ravenna that had been founded by Emperor Otto. In 1004, Pope Sylvester II sent St. Bruno to enlighten the heathen Prussians, and upon his arrival in the region was consecrated third Prince-Bishop of Merseburg (southern Saxony-Anhalt) by Archbishop Tagino of Magdeburg (Saxony-Anhalt). In late 1009, St. Bruno and eighteen of his fellow-workers were beheaded near the border of Prussia, Kievan Rus, and Lithuania, and almost immediately were venerated as martyrs.
CALLISTUS of HUESCA, a native of Huesca in Aragon (present-day Spain), St. Callistus went to France where he was killed in battle against the Saracens in 1003. He was soon commemorated as a martyr, his cultus being centred at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tarbes in the present-day Hautes-Pyrénées area of southwestern France.
CANNATUS (CANNAT, CANUS NATUS), a Bishop of Marseille (south-eastern France), St. Cannatus flourished in the second half of the fifth century.
FORTUNATUS, martyred in Rome circa 537. No further information is extant.
LEONARD of VENDEUVRE, a hermit who later was the founding-Abbot of Vendeuvre Abbey located in present-day Saint-Leonard-aux-Bois, in the Pays-de-la-Loire region of north-western France. St. Leonard reposed circa 570.
ODILO, a monk at the Abbey of St. Gorgonius of Gorze (abbaye Saint-Gorgon de Gorze — Gorze Abbey) near Metz (north-east France). St. Odilo was elected Abbot of the Princely Abbey of Stavelot-Malmedy (Fürstabtei Stablo-Malmedy), a double monastery, in present-day southern Belgium in 945. Undoubtedly influenced by the reforms he witnessed at Gorze, as Abbot, St. Odilo, improved discipline, and the standard of scholarship at Stavelot-Malmédy. St. Odilo reposed circa 954.
SABINUS of CATANIA, a Bishop of Catania in Sicily, who only a few years into his episcopacy, resigned to become a hermit. As a hermit, St. Sabinus led an extremely strict ascetic life, and received from the Lord the gifts of wonderworking and discernment. St. Sabinus reposed circa 760.
SEVERUS of TRIER, a spiritual child of St. Germanus of Auxerre (31st July), and St. Lupus of Troyes (29th July). Having worked with St. Germanus to combat Pelagianism in Britain. St. Severus then evangelised the Germans along the lower Moselle river, and spent the last nine years of his life as the fifteenth Bishop of Trier in the present-day German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. St. Severus reposed circa 455.
THECLA of KITZENGEN, a nun at Wimborne Abbey in Dorset, England who accompanied St. Lioba of Bischoffsheim (28th September), to Germany where she became the first Abbess of Ochsenfürt Abbey in Bavaria (southern Germany), and later Abbess of Kitzingen am Main, also in Bavaria. St. Thecla reposed circa 790.
WILLA of NONNBERG, a nun at Nonnberg Abbey (Stift Nonnberg) in Salzburg, Austria. St. Willa spent her later years living as a hermit, she reposed circa 1050.
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”.