Western Saints of the Orthodox Church
EUSTORGIUS, a native of Greece traditionally believed to have been an official of Emperor St. Constantine the Great, elected Bishop of Milan in 315 as successor to either St. Maternus (18th July), or perhaps St. Mirocles (3rd December). From a letter of St. Athanasius the Great we learn that he seems to have to have suffered for the Faith, and to have written in defence of orthodoxy against the Arians. He is also credited with the acquisition of the relics of the Three Magi, which were later transported to Cologne by Frederic Barbarossa. St. Eustorgius reposed in 331.
FERREOLUS, an illustrious Martyr of Vienne in Gaul; St. Ferreolus was an officer in the Imperial army, who in 304 was discovered to be a Christian, was brought to trial, scourged, and in the end beheaded.
FERRÉOL (FERREOLUS), consecrated Bishop of Limoges in 579, as Bishop St. Ferreolus assisted at the third Synod of Macôn (585). He reposed in 591.
RICHARDIS, the wife of the Carolingian Emperor Charles III (the Fat) and foundress of Andlau Abbey, St. Richardis was well-known for her holiness of life. Charles’ increasing madness coupled with a bid to oust his despised Archchancellor Liutward, led Charles to accuse St. Richardis of adultery with Liutward. Despite repeated denials and even submitting to ordeal by fire, Charles continued his accusations, so St. Richardis withdrew to Andlau and received monastic tonsure. In time she succeeded her niece Rotrod as abbess. St. Richardis reposed between 894 and 896, at Andlau and was buried there.
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”.