Western Saints of the Orthodox Church — 4th September
BONIFACE I, forty-second Pope of Rome from 28th December 418 until his repose 4th September 422. There is little in the way of reliable information on his life prior to his election. According to the Liber Pontificalis Pope St. Boniface I was a Roman and the son of a priest by the name of Jocundus. He is thought to have been ordained by Pope St. Damasus I (11th December) and may have served as representative of Pope St. Innocent I (28th July) at Constantinople (c.405).
CALETRICUS, the successor of St. Leobinus (15th September) as Bishop of Chartres (c.557). He reposed c.580, and nothing else certain is known of his Life.
CANDIDA the ELDER, an elderly woman, miraculously healed by the Apostle Peter (29th June) in Naples, and converted to Christianity. She later converted St. Aspren (3rd August), who became the first Bishop of Naples. St. Candida reposed c.78.
IDA of HERZFELD, a young widow who founded the convent of Herzfeld in Westphalia, devoting the rest of her life to good works. St. Ida reposed c.825.
MARCELLUS (MARCEAU), a priest in Lyons, arrested during the persecution under Marcus Aurelius. St. Marcellus escaped from prison, and continued to preach the Gospel. Unfortunately, he was arrested again, and tortured before he was buried up to his waist on the banks of the Saône and left to die. St. Marcellus survived for three days before he died, c.178.
MARCELLUS, (Date Unknown), little to nothing reliable is known about this saint. However, both Tongres and Trier have claimed him as having served as one of their early bishops.
MARINUS, (Fourth Century), ostensibly St. Marinus was a stonemason who was born on an island off the coast of Dalmatia, but fled to Rimini to avoid persecution. In time, he was ordained to the Deaconate by Gaudentius, Bishop of Rimini, and reposed as an anchorite approximately 15 km (9 miles) west of Rimini, in the centre of what is now the Republic of San Marino.
MONESSA, St. Monessa, the daughter of an Irish chieftain, was baptised by St. Patrick (17th March). According to tradition, she reposed immediately following her baptism (456). No further information on her life is extant.
RHUDDLAD, (Seventh Century ?), St. Rhuddlad is the patron saint of Llanrhyddlad (Welsh: Llan-Rhûddlad) in Anglesey, Wales. There is no further information on her life extant.
SALVINUS, there is no information on this saint extant, beyond that he was the successor of St. Maurus (20th January) as the third Bishop of Verdun and reposed c.420.
SULPICIUS (SULPICE) of BAYEUX, twenty-first Bishop of Bayeux from c.838 until he was martyred by Vikings in Livry, Normandy, c.843.
ULTAN, St. Ultan was the Abbot-Bishop of Ardbraccan, Co. Meath, Ireland. Although no contemporary Lives have survived, the Annals of Ulster record the year of his repose as 657, and extensive mention of him is made in the Félire Óengusso (Martyrology of Ængus). He is remembered for his care of the poor, and especially his work on behalf of destitute and orphaned children.
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”.