Western Saints of the Orthodox Church
AUREA of BOVES, (Eighth Century), a young girl from Amiens in Picardy (northern France), who received monastic tonsure at an abbey in Boves in Piedmont (north-western Italy). St. Aurea later served as Abbess of a large monastery in Rouen, Normandy (north-western France). No further details of her life are extant.
CEOLLACH, a native of Ireland, St. Ceollach briefly served as Bishop of the Mercians or Mid-Angles (England). He retired to Iona, though towards the end of his life, St. Ceollach returned to Ireland where he reposed. The exact dates of his life are uncertain, but it is believed he lived during the seventh century.
EPIPHANIA, according to the local traditions of Pavia (northern Italy) dating from the late Middle Ages, St. Epiphania was a daughter of Ratchis, King of the Lombards (r. 744–749); and in all likelihood may have been a nun as well. She reposed circa 800.
FOY (FAITH) of CONQUES, (Late Third–Early Fourth Century), often confused with the three legendary sisters known as Faith, Hope, and Charity (1st August). St. Foy was a young maiden from Agen in Aquitaine (south-western France), known for her extreme beauty and even greater holiness of life. St. Foy was tortured to death with a red-hot brazier, during the reign of the Emperor Maximian (r. 286–305), for refusing to make pagan sacrifices. Her shrine at the Abbey Church of St. Foy (abbatiale Sainte-Foy de Conques) in Conques (southern France) was a popular stop for pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela.
MAGNUS of ODERZO, a Bishop of Oderzo (northern Italy) on the Adriatic coast, who is best remembered for founding some of the earliest churches in Venice. St. Magnis reposed circa 670 and is buried in the church of San Geremia in Venice.
MARTYRS of TRIER, (Third Century), the largest group amongst the untold number of Christians martyred in Trier during the Diocletianic Persecution (303–313).
PARDULF (PARDOUX), a native of Sardent near Guéret in Gaul (central France). St. Pardulf received monastic tonsure at a monastery in Guéret, of which he later served as Abbot. According to tradition, as Umayyad forces were retreating following the Battle of Tours, they arrived at Guéret. However, they refrained from sacking the monastery through the prayers of St. Pardulf. He reposed circa 738.
ROMANUS of AUXERRE, the fourteenth Bishop of Auxerre in Burgundy (east-central France), it is thought that St. Romanus reposed circa 550.
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”.