Western Saints of the Orthodox Church
AGILEUS, a martyr in Carthage 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), (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, a princess from the family of Hugh Capet, the first King of the Franks, who, fleeing a marriage arranged against her will, renounced the world, and lived for over fifty years as an anchoress in Strasbourg, present-day France, reposing in 1027.
BRUNO (BRUN, BONIFACE), born in Querfurt in present-day Germany, he was a member of Emperor Otto III’s Court. In 996, St. Bruno received monastic tonsure at a monastery near Ravenna that had been founded by Otto. In 1004. Pope Sylvester II sent him to enlighten the heathen Prussians, and upon his arrival in the region was consecrated third Prince-Bishop of Merseburg by the Archbishop Tagino of Magdeburg. In late 1009, St. Bruno and eighteen of his fellow-workers were beheaded near the border of Prussia, Kievan Rus, and Lithuania, and were immediately recognised as martyrs.
CALLISTUS, a native of Huesca in Aragon (present-day Spain), St. Callistus and his friend St. Mercurialis (23rd May), went to France where they were killed in battle against the Saracens (1003). They were soon commemorated as martyrs, their cultus being centred at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tarbes in the Hautes-Pyrénées area of southwestern France.
CANNATUS (CANNAT, CANUS NATUS), (Fifth Century), the seventh Bishop of Marseilles, he succeeded St. Honoratus.
FORTUNATUS, a martyr in Rome circa 537. No further information is extant.
LEONARD of VANDOEUVRE, a hermit who later was the founding-Abbot of Vandoeuvre Abbey, now called Saint-Leonard-aux-Bois, near present-day Le Mans France. St. Leonard reposed circa 570.
ODILO, a monk at Gorze Abbey near Metz who was elected Abbot of the double monastery of Stavelot-Malmédy 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, 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 a very strict ascetic life, and received from the Lord the gifts of wonderworking and discernment. St. Sabinus reposed circa 760.
SEVERUS, a spiritual child of St. Germanus of Auxerre (31st July), and St. Lupus of Troyes (29th July). He worked with St. Germanus to combat Pelagianism in Britain. St. Severus evangelised the Germans of the lower Moselle, and finally served as the fifteenth Bishop of Trier from 446 until his repose circa 455.
THECLA, a nun at Wimborne in England who accompanied St. Lioba (28th September), to Germany where she became the first Abbess of Ochsenfürt Abbey in Bavaria, and later Abbess of Kitzingen am Main, also in Bavaria. St. Thecla reposed circa 790.
WILLA, a nun at Nonnberg near Salzburg, who in her later years lived as a hermit. St. Willa 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”.