Western Saints of the Orthodox Church
DEODATUS (DIÉ, DIDIER, DIEU-DONNÉ, ADÉODAT), a Bishop of Nevers in present-day France, and founder of a monastery at Ebersheim Münster near Strasbourg. St. Deodatus resigned his See to live as an anchorite in the Vosges. A community formed around him, and he then founded and served as Abbot of the monastery of Val-de-Galilée - Jointures. St. Deodatus reposed circa 680, the town which had grown around his monastery is called St. Dié in his honour.
GAUDENTIUS, CULMATIUS, and COMPANIONS, martyrs (364) at Arezzo in Tuscany during the reign of Emperor Valentinian I (r. 364 – 375). St. Gaudentius, was a bishop, and St. Culmatius, his deacon, along with them were some fifty-three fellow Christians whose names are no longer known.
GERVASE and PROTASE, (Second Century), twin brothers and the sons of SS. Valeria and Vitalis of Milan (28th April). St. Ambrose of Milan (7th December) was guided by a vision to their grave (386), and though there no longer anything remembered about them, other than they were early martyrs, St. Ambrose called them the protomartyrs of Milan.
HILDEGRIN, a younger brother of St. Ludger (26th March), and fellow-worker with St. Ludger in enlightening the Saxons. St. Hildegrin was consecrated Bishop of Châlons-sur-Marne circa 802 – 804, serving until 810 when he resigned to succeed his brother as Abbot of Werden Abbey. St. Hildegrin reposed circa 827.
INNOCENT, a Bishop of Le Mans for over four decades, St. Innocent was held in high esteem by his flock, and greatly venerated following his repose 559.
ROMUALD, a member of the Italian nobility, St. Romuald once acted as second for his father in a duel in which his father killed his opponent. Seeking to repent for his actions, St. Romuald received monastic tonsure at Classe, the ancient port of Ravenna, and served as its Abbot 996 – 999. Following his resignation St. Romuald devoted the next fourteen years to building several hermitages and monasteries around central and northern Italy, the best known one being Camaldoli near Arezzo, in Tuscany (c. 1012). He then retired to live as hermit for the rest of his years, reposing 1027.
URSICINUS, the reliability of extant acta of St. Ursicinus is questionable. However, according to tradition, St. was a physician in Ravenna who was arrested and sentenced to death for being a Christian. Whilst in prison awaiting execution, St. Ursicinus is said to have struggled with the temptation of renouncing Christ, but encouragement from St. Vitalis of Milan (28th April) gave St. Ursicinus the strength to accept martyrdom, circa 67.
ZOSIMUS, martyred in Umbria, 110, during Emperor Trajan’s (r. 98 – 117) persecution of Christians.
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”.