Western Saints of the Orthodox Church — 3rd August
ASPREN (ASPRONAS), (First Century), according to tradition St. Aspren was consecrated the first Bishop of Naples by the Apostle Peter (29th June).
BENNO, a member of a noble Swabian family, St. Benno was briefly Conon of Strasburg, but renounced that position, going to Switzerland. There he built what grew into the Abbey of Einsiedeln. He was appointed to the See of Metz by Emperor Henry Fowler (927), however his fervour led to the populous attacked him leaving him blind and drove him from the city (929) St. Benno returned to Einsiedeln where he remained until his repose eleven years later (940).
EUPHRONIUS, the ninth Bishop of Autun in France, founder of the first monastery in that See, and a friend of St. Lupus of Troyes (29th July). St. Euphronius reposed circa 475.
GREGORY of NONANTULA, an Abbot of Nonantula near Modena in present-day Italy. He reposed 933.
SENACH (SNACH), (Sixth Century), St. Senach was a disciple of St. Finian of Clonard (12th December) and his successor as Abbot-Bishop of that great abbey.
TREA, (Fifth Century), after being converted to Christianity by St. Patrick (17th March), St. Trea embraced eremitical life and spent the rest of her days as an anchoress at Ardtree, Co. Derry, Ireland.
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”.