Western Saints of the Orthodox Church
COLMÁN of KILMACDUAGH, upon completion of his education at St. Enda of Aran’s (21st March ) monastery on Inis Mór (Inishmore) one of the Aran Islands off the western coast of Ireland, and ordination to the priesthood St. Colmán went to live as a hermit at Arranmore, an island off the west coast of Co. Donegal, north-western Ireland. There he built two churches, which form the present ruins at Kilmurvey. At some point, St. Colmán reluctantly accepted elevation to the episcopacy and founded Kilmacduagh Monastery. Kilmacduagh was the foundation of the modern Roman Catholic Diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh, and Kilfenora. St. Colmán reposed 632. Though the Martyrology of Donegal lists his feast as being 2nd February, for as long as can be recalled, the practice of the Diocese of Kilmacduagh has been to keep it on the date of his repose 29th October.
Troparion of St. Colmán of Kilmacduagh — Tone VIII
Rejecting the nobility of thy birth, O Father Colmán,/
thou didst seek God in the solitude of desert places./
Thy virtue like a beacon, drew men unto thee/
and thou didst guide them into the way of salvation./
Guide us also by thy prayers, that our souls may be saved.
ERMELINDA (ERMELINDIS) of MELDAERT, an anchoress in Meldaert in present-day Belgium who reposed circa 595. St. Ermelinda's relics are enshrined in Meldaert.
EUSEBIA of BERGAMO, niece of St. Domnio of Bergamo (16th July). Like her uncle, St. Eusebia was martyred by beheading during the Diocletianic Persecution (303–313).
HYACINTH, QUINTUS, FELICIAN, and LUCIUS, Martyrs of Lucania, (Date Unknown), nothing more than the names of these martyrs has survived to the present. They were martyred at Lucania—present-day Basilicata—in the south of Italy.
JOHN of AUTUN, (Date Unknown), a Bishop of Autun in Burgundy (east-central France) who has been venerated since time immemorial along with the other bishops of that See who are numbered amongst the saints. Nothing further is known of St. John's life.
KENNERA, (Fourth Century), a Scottish anchoress from whom Kirkinner, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland gets its name. Aside from a brief mention in the Acta Sanctorum by the pre-eminent hagiographic scholars of the Société des Bollandistes (the Bollandists) and listing in Forbes’ Kalendar of Scottish Saints, there is no other record of her.
Troparion of St. Kennera — Tone VIII
Bright beacon of purity and Light of Galloway, O holy Kennera,/
as thou didst preserve thyself in virginity for love of Christ,/
pray to Him, that despite our corrupt condition
He will grant us great mercy.
SIGOLINUS (SIGHELM) of STAVELOT, a seventh century Abbot of the Princely Abbey of Stavelot-Malmedy (Fürstabtei Stablo-Malmedy) in present-day southern Belgium. St. Sigolinus reposed circa 670.
STEPHEN of CAIAZZO, an Abbot of the Territorial Abbey of San Salvatore Maggiore in the present-day Diocese of Reiti, north-east of Rome. In 979, St. Stephen was consecrated Bishop of Caiazzo (southern Italy). St. Stephen reposed 1023.
TERENCE of METZ, an early sixth century Bishop of Metz (north-east France). He is remembered for his devotion to maintaining orthodox doctrine in the face of the heresies of the day. St. Terence reposed in 520.
THEODORE (THEUDAR) of VIENNE, a disciple of St. Caesarius of Arles (27th August). St. Theodore was a priest in the Diocese of Vienne (south-eastern France), as well as abbot of one of the monasteries in that See. In addition to the great amount of time St. Theodore spent caring for the poor, sick, and imprisoned, he also is responsible for the building of several churches and monasteries in the diocese. In the final years of his life, St. Theodore lived as a hermit in the church of St. Laurence in Vienne, where he reposed circa 575.
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”.