Western Saints of the Orthodox Church
BENEDICT (BENOÎT) of MASSERAC, originally an abbot at Petras, St. Benedict travelled west settling in Masserac near Nantes. There he lived as a hermit. In time, the number of disciples who gathered round him were such to necessitate a monastery, which he built and served as abbot. St. Benedict reposed in 845.
BERTHARIUS, a scion of the Capetian dynasty, St. Bertharius left the world and entered St. Benedict's monastery at Monte Cassino. In 856 he was selected to serve as Abbot of Monte Cassino, and in 844, along with several of his monks, was martyred by Saracens, whilst at prayer.
DONATUS of FIESOLE, an Irishman well known for his piety and erudition. Whilst returning from a pilgrimage to Rome circa 824, St. Donatus passed though Tuscany, where, due to his renown, was selected, by popular acclaim, to be Bishop of Fiesole near Florence. St. Donatus served the See of Fiesole for some fifty years, reposing circa 874.
MAROVEUS, a monk at the Abbey of St. Columbanus at Bobbio, in present-day Emilia-Romagna, Italy. St. Maroveus went on to found an abbey at Precipiano near Tortona in Piedmont. He reposed circa 650.
MELLON, St. Mellon, or Milanius as he is styled in the Roman Martyrology, is the subject of many traditions with little factual basis. It is commonly believed he was a native of Wales or Cornwall, and whilst in Rome, was sent to evangelise northern Gaul. There he founded and served as the first Bishop of the See of Rouen. St. Mellon is said to have been a wonderworker, and following a long and fruitful episcopacy, retired to live as a hermit until his repose on 11th November, 314.
MODERAN (MODERAMNUS, MORAN), Consecrated seventh Bishop of Rennes in Britany, in 703, St. Modern ruled that See until circa 720. In that year, he resigned his See, made a pilgrimage to Rome, and spent the rest of his years as a hermit at Berceto in present-day Emilia-Romagna, Italy, reposing circa 730.
NEPOTIAN (NEPOTIANUS), the fifth Bishop of Clermont, in the Auvergne region of present-day France, from circa 386 until circa 388.
NUNCTUS (NOINT), a seventh century abbot of a monastery near Mérida in Hispania. Bandits murdered St. Nunctus in 668, and he has been venerated as a martyr ever since.
NUNILO and ALODIA, daughters of a Muslim father and Christian mother, raised as Christians in Huesca, Emirate of Córdoba (present-day Spain). After being widowed, their mother married another Muslim. Their step-father treated them with great brutality, and ultimately had them imprisoned. SS. Nunilo and Aldodia were beheaded in 852 in the persecution of Christians during the reign of Emir Abd ar-Rahman II (r. 822–852).
PHILIP, little is known about St. Philip, aside from serving as Bishop of Fermo. It is commonly accepted that St. Philip was martyred circa 270. His relics are enshrined in the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in Fermo, Italy.
VERECUNDUS, a Bishop of Verona who reposed in 522. No further details of his life are extant.
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”.