Western Saints of the Orthodox Church
DOMINICA, (Date Unknown), a maiden martyred, during the Diocletianic Persecution (circa 303) for destroying pagan idols. Her relics are enshrined in the Cathedral of St. Mary of Romania in Tropea, Calabria, Italy
GOAR, a priest from Aquitaine, who follow several years as a parish priest left Aquitaine and lived as a hermit near Oberwesel on the Rhine. The town of Sankt Goar in present-day Germany grew up around the site of his hermitage. St. Goar reposed circa 575.
MONENNA (DARERCA), an early Irish ascetic and abbess believed to have received monastic tonsure from St. Patrick (17th March). St. Monenna was foundress of several monasteries in Scotland and England, as well as, one in Faughart, Co. Louth, Ireland. She finally settled at Cill Shleibhe (Killeavy), Co. Armagh, with eight virgins and one widow, who brought her son, who went on to become a bishop. This community lived a semi-eremitical life. St. Monenna reposed at Cill Shleibhe in 518 and is believed to have been buried on the northern side of the cemetery at Killeavy Old Church. This site is marked by a large granite stone measuring 2.1 by 1.5 metres (6.9 by 4.9 feet). There is also a shrine nearby at the site of her holy well.
NOYALA, (Date Unknown), believed to have been a native of Britain, St. Noyala was beheaded by robbers at Bignan in Brittany. She is one of the saints classed as a cephalophore, or head-carrier, as according to tradition, St. Noyala carried her head from the place of her martyrdom some 25 km (16 mi) north to Pontivy where the Sainte-Noyale Chapel is now located. St. Noyala is also remembered in Cornwall, by the name of the village of St. Newlyn East.
ROMULUS and COMPANIONS, according to tradition St. Romulus was ordained by the Apostle Peter (29th June) and charged with evangelising the area around Florence. St. Romulus is counted as the first Bishop of Fiesole, and was martyred with several companions during the reign of Domitian (r. 89 – 96).
SAXBURGH (SEXBURGA), the daughter of Anna, King of East Anglia, sister of SS. Etheldred (23rd June), Ethelburgh (7th July) and Withburgh (8th July) and half-sister of St. Sethrid (10th January). She married Ercombert, King of Kent and amongst their children were SS. Ermenhild (13th February) and Ercongotha (21st February). Following the repose of her husband in 664, St. Saxburgh received monastic tonsure and founded the abbey at Minster-in-Sheppey, serving as its first abbess. In 679, she retired and moved to her sister St. Etheldred’s monastery at Ely, where she was chosen Abbess upon the repose of her sister. St. Saxburgh served as Abbess of Ely until her repose circa 699.
TRANQUILLINUS, said to have been brought to Christ by St. Sebastian (20th January). St. Tranquillinus was the father of SS. Mark and Marcellian (18th June). He was found praying at the tomb of the Apostle Paul (29th June), and stoned to death circa 288.
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”.