Western Saints of the Orthodox Church
AARON (AARON d'ALETH), a Briton who went to Brittany where he lived as a hermit on the present-day Île de Cézembre, about 4 km (2.6 miles) off the coast of St. Malo. Over the years he was joined by other hermits, and disciples gathered around him. His disciples formed an abbey, with St. Aaron as their Abbot. St. Aaron reposed circa 552.
CONSORTIA, nothing reliable is known of the life of St. Consortia. It is believed she was the foundress of a monastery which was generously endowed by King Clotaire I (r. 511–558), in thanksgiving for St. Consortia’s miraculous healing of his daughter. She is said to have reposed circa 570, however, due to the unreliability of her Acts, it is possible St. Consortia flourished at an earlier date.
FLAVIUS CLEMENS, a brother of Emperor Vespasian (r. 69 – 79), who was a co-Imperial Consul with his nephew Domitian (95). Within a year of taking office, Domitian had St. Flavius Clemens arrested, tried, and beheaded for being a Christian.
JOHN I of NAPLES, a fifth century Bishop of Naples. St. John translated the relics of St. Gennaro (19th September) from nearby Puteoli to Naples.
JOHN IV of NAPLES, a ninth century Bishop of Naples. St. John was a learned prelate, who approached his responsibilities to his flock with great energy and diligence. He was also renown as a man of great sanctity, and following his repose St. John was adopted as a patron-saint of Naples.
PAULINUS the MERCIFUL of NOLA, Pontius Meropius Amcius Paulinus was born in Bordeaux, the son of a Roman patrician. Owing to his lineage and excellent education he was appointed a Roman senator and rapidly ascended the ranks of government to consul, and finally governor of Campania. Returning to Gaul, St. Paulinus married and retired (389) with his wife to Hispania. The repose of their only child (392) St. Paulinus and his wife to renounce the world, selling their possessions, and settling in Nola in Campania where they lived a life of asceticism and charity. Having been ordained to the priesthood (395), in the early fifth century St. Paulinus was chosen by the people of Nola to be their bishop. Not only was he one of the leading prelates of his day, St. Paulinus was one of the most distinguished Christian Latin poets of his era. St. Paulinus reposed 431, and many of his writings survive to this day.
ROTRUDIS, there is no verifiable information on St. Rotrudis’ life beyond having reposed circa 869, and her relics enshrined at the Abbey of St. Bertin in Saint-Omer. A tradition that St. Rotrudis was a daughter or sister of Charlemagne has become popular over the years, but there is no evidence to suggest this is anything more than pious legend.
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”.