Western Saints of the Orthodox Church
ADALSINDIS, a sister of St. Waldalenus (15th May), and abbess of a convent near Bèze in Burgundy. St. Adalsindis reposed circa 680.
ALDWYN, (Eighth Century), St. Aldwyn was an Abbot of Partney in Lincolnshire, England. Nothing further is known of this saint.
ALEXANDER I, sixth Pope of Rome from circa 108 until his martyrdom circa 116 -119. Pope St. Alexander baptised St. Balbina of Rome (31st March), and whilst imprisoned and awaiting execution, converted the fellow captives who are commemorated as the Martyrs of Ostia (10th April).
ALEXANDER, EVENTIUS, and THEODULUS, three martyr priests who were burned and beheaded in Rome circa 113. Their relics were later interred in the church of Santa Sabina in Rome.
ANSFRID (ANSFRIDUS), a Count of Brabant, Courtier, and soldier for Holy Roman Emperors Otto III and Henry II. In his mid-thirties, St. Ansfrid, feeling a call to monastic life, founded Thorn Abbey in Limburg for his wife and daughter. He then founded Heiligenberg Abbey (later St. Paul’s Abbey, Utrecht) with a view to settling there and living out his days as a monk. However, Emperor Otto III had different plans and made St. Ansfrid nineteenth Archbishop of Utrecht. Towards the end of his life, St. Ansfrid became blind, retired to Heiligenberg Abbey, and finished his life as a monk. St. Ansfridus reposed in 1010.
ELWIN (ETHELWIN), (Eighth Century), the second Bishop of Lindsey, and a devoted friend of St. Egbert (24th April). St. Elwin resigned his See at the beginning of the eighth century and accompanied St. Egbert to Ireland, reposing shortly thereafter.
GLUVIAS (GLYWYS), (Sixth Century), St. Gluvias was a son of SS. Gwynllyw (29th March), King of Gwynllwg in South Wales, and Gladys (29th March), and a brother of St. Cadoc (24th January). He was also a grandson of St. King Brychan of Brycheiniog (6th April), and a nephew of St. Petroc (4th June). St. Gluvias founded a monastery in Cornwall where there is a church dedicated to him.
JUVENAL of NARNI, the first Bishop of Narni, in present-day Umbria, Italy. St. Juvenal reposed circa 373, it is possible he was martyred, but records are vague.
PHILIP of ZELL, an Anglo-Saxon pilgrim, who returning from Rome, settled as a hermit near Worms in present-day Germany. St. Philip reposed circa 770.
SCANNAL, a disciple of St. Columba of Iona (9th June) and missionary in Cell-Coleraine, Co. Londonderry, Ireland. St. Scannal was remarkable for his zeal and success in evangelisation, he reposed circa 563.
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”.