Western Saints of the Orthodox Church
ANATHALON, according to Milanese tradition the first Bishop of Milan was the Apostle Barnabas, however, this tradition is of somewhat questionable veracity. There seems to be no historical doubt that St. Anathalon, a disciple of the Apostle Barnabas, did serve as the first Bishop of Milan, and exercised the functions of a bishop at Brescia and other parts of Lombardy. St. Anathalon is said to have reposed at Brescia whilst on an episcopal visitation 61.
ANDOCHIUS, THYRSUS, and FELIX, St. Polycarp (23rd February) sent St. Andochius, a priest; and St. Thyrsus, a deacon; from Smyrna to Gaul. Landing at Marseilles, they travelled to Lyons, and settled at Autun. There they were given lodging and assistance in their endeavours by St. Felix, a wealthy merchant from the East. All three were martyred (179), and their relics were venerated throughout Gaul.
CHUNIALD and GISLAR, (Seventh Century), natives of Ireland who are said to have assisted St. Rupert of Salzburg (27th March) in his work to enlighten the south of Germany and Austria.
GERARD SAGREDO (GERARDO SAGREDO, SAGREDO GELLÉRT), an Italian monk from Venice who had a principal role in the conversion of Hungary where he served as the first Bishop of Csanád. When he first arrived in Hungary, St. Gerard served as tutor to St. Emeric (4th November) the son of St. Stephen (16th August). Soon St. Gerard went to live as a hermit at Bakonybél Abbey in present-day north-western Hungary. He was elevated to the See of Csanád circa 1030 and served as its Bishop until his martyrdom in 1046.
GEREMARUS (GERMER), a native of Beauvais in the north of modern-day France, who, with the consent of his wife, received monastic tonsure at the Abbey of Pental in present-day Saint-Samson-de-la-Roque in Normandy, eventually serving as its Abbot. St. Geremarus resigned the abbacy following a revolt by his monks and went to live as a hermit in a nearby cave. In 655 St. Geremarus founded, and served as first Abbot of, the Abbey of Flay, in Picardy, which became known as Saint-Germer-de-Fly Abbey. St. Geremarus reposed circa 658, his relics were initially enshrined at Beauvais Cathedral, but were translated to Saint-Germer-de-Fly Abbey in 1132.
RUSTICUS, eighth Bishop of Clermont in Auvergne from 426 until his repose 446. Nothing further is known of his life.
YSARN (ISARNUS of TOULOUSE), a native of Toulouse who served as an Abbot of the Abbey of Saint Victor in Marseilles, which flourished under his leadership. St. Ysarn was renowned for his care of criminals. He reposed 1048.
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”.