Western Saints of the Orthodox Church
CONON, the son of wealthy nobility, St. Conon renounced the world at fifteen years of age, and received monastic tonsure at the Greek monastery of St. Bartholomew at Naso in north-eastern Sicily. After spending time at the Abbey of St. Philip in Frazzano, also in Sicily, St. Conon lived as a hermit for a while. He soon became known as a man of great sanctity and a wonderworker. In time St. Conon was recalled to the monastery at Naso and made Abbot. After several years as abbot, St. Conon retired and returned to the hermetic life, reposing in 1236.
GUNDELINDIS (GUENDELINDIS), a daughter of the Duke of Alsace and sister of SS. Attala (3rd December) and Eugenia (16th September). St. Gundelindis was raised by her aunt St. Odilia (13th December), whom she succeeded as Abbess of Niedermünster. She reposed circa 750.
GUNTHRAMMUS, a King of Burgundy, and son of Clovis I and St. Clotilde (3rd June). St. Gunthrammus was raised as a non-Christian. He divorced his wife, and had the court physician murdered for failing to cure his ex-wife. Later St. Gunthrammus became a Christian, and his conscience was so full of guilt for his earlier life that he dedicated the rest of his life and fortune to the Church and helping those in need particularly in time of famine and plague. St. Gunthrammus reposed in 592, and was acclaimed a saint by his subjects shortly thereafter.
ROGATUS, SUCCESSUS and COMPANIONS, (Date Unknown), a group of eighteen martyrs in one of the early persecutions in North Africa. Beyond their listing in various martyrologies, no record of their lives is extant.
SIXTUS (XYSTUS) III, forty-fourth Pope of Rome from 432 until his repose in 440. St. Sixtus maintained extensive correspondence with St. Augustine of Hippo (28th August), restored several basilicas in Rome, including Saint Peter’s and Saint John Lateran, and defended the Church against the heresies of Nestorianism and Pelagianism.
SPES, an Abbot of Campi, who was blind for forty years, but fifteen days before his repose circa 513, his eyesight was restored.
TUTILO, an Irishman who educated at the Abbey of St. Gall in Switzerland, and then received monastic tonsure there. St. Tutilo was a gifted musician and artist. There are ivory tablets attributed to the saint, which form the cover of the Evangelium Longum at St. Gall, and his paintings can be found Konstanz, Metz, Saint Gall, and Mainz. St. Tutilo reposed circa 915.
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”.