Western Saints of the Orthodox Church
BECAN (BEGAN), one of the ‘Twelve Apostles of Ireland’. St. Becan is credited with founding a monastery at Kill-Beggan in Co. Westmeath. He also gave his name to the church and parish of Imleach-Becain, Co. Meath. The Félire Óengusso (Martyrology of Ængus) lists him along with SS. Enda (21st March) and Cuan (1st January) as ‘three greatest champions of virtue, and leaders of saints of their era.’
DERFEL-GADARN, (Sixth Century), it is universally accepted that he was a celebrated warrior, and local legend claims St. Derfel was one of seven warriors of King Arthur who survived the Battle of Camlan. St. Derfel-Gadarn entered monastic life, possibly after the Battle of Camlan. He spent a period of time as a hermit at Llanderfel in Gwynedd, Wales. Always held in great veneration by the Welsh, St. Derfel-Gararn reposed in the late sixth century.
MARTYRS of NORTH-WEST AFRICA, an unknown number martyred in 459 during the Easter liturgy, by order of Genseric the Arian King of the Vandals.
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”.