Western Saints of the Orthodox Church
ALENA, raised a pagan in Dilbeek on the outskirts of present-day Brussels. Unbeknownst to her parents St. Alena converted to Christianity. St. Alena’s father found out about her conversion, and one day as she was on her way to Mass, St. Alena was waylaid by guards her father had dispatched to intercept her and return her to the family home. St. Alena resisted, and the guards killed her, circa 640.
AMANDUS, consecrated the third Bishop of Bordeaux circa 404, St. Amandus resigned six years later and was succeeded by St. Severinus (23rd October). However, upon the repose of St. Severinus ( 420), St. Amandus returned to the See. Much of the extant information on St. Amandus’ life is from the works of St. Paulinus of Nola (22nd June) who was a catechumen of St. Amandus and later his spiritual child. He reposed circa 431.
CALOGERUS the ANCHORITE, a native of Greece who lived his last thirty-five years as a hermit, and noted exorcist, near Girgenti in Sicily. St. Calogerus reposed circa 486.
CYRIACUS and PAULA, two Christians who were stoned to death at Málaga circa 305, during the Diocletianic Persecution. No further information is extant.
FORTUNATUS the PHILOSOPHER, driven from his See in northern Italy, St. Fortunatus settled in Gaul at Chelles, near Paris. He reposed circa 569.
GREGORY, DEMETRIUS, and CALOGERUS, (Fifth Century), exiled from their home in North Africa by Arian Vandals. SS. Gregory, a bishop; Demetrius, an archdeacon; and Calogerus, a monk; took up residence near Messina and spent the rest of their days evangelising the area.
GUY, a monk at Saint-Pierre de Baume-les-Messieurs Abbey in the French Jura, who succeeded St. Berno (13th January) as Abbot of Baume in 925. St. Guy resigned his abbacy circa 940 to live as a hermit, reposing later that year.
MARK and MARCELLIAN, convert twin brothers and sons of St. Tranquillinus of Rome (6th July). They were arrested during the reign of Emperor Maximian (r. 250 – 310). Sentenced to death, pagan relatives managed to have their execution delayed in the hopes they might entice SS. Mark and Marcellian to return to paganism. The entreaties fell on deaf ears as the saints refused to renounce Christ, and were martyred, circa 287.
OSMANNA (OSANNA), (Seventh or Eighth Century), many martyrologies conflate the two St. Osmannas venerated today. The first, St. Osmanna (of Northumbria) was a Northumbrian princess, possibly a daughter of King Altfrid and St. Cuthburga (31st August). Following her repose St. Osmanna was buried at Hoveden (present-day Howden Yorkshire). Miracles have been reported at her tomb.
OSMANNA (OSANNA) of JOUARRE, this St. Osmanna was also from the British Isles, and possibly a member of one of the royal families. She moved from Britain to Gaul, where she received monastic tonsure at the Abbaye Notre-Dame de Jouarre, and lived there until her repose circa 700.
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”.