Western Saints of the Orthodox Church
ARATOR, the fourth Bishop of Verdun, he reposed circa 460. There is no further information on this saint extant.
AUGUSTINE, SANCTIAN and BEATA, three Spain Christians who had fled to Gaul to escape persecution, but were martyred near Sens, in Burgundy, circa 273.
BEGA (BEGH, BEE), (Seventh Century), traditionally thought to have been a native of Ireland, St. Bega is believed to have received monastic tonsure from St. Aidan (31st August). She left Ireland and went to England, initially founding a monastery at what is now known as St. Bee’s Head in Cumberland. St. Bega is credited with the founding of several other monasteries as well. There are several saints of her era with quite similar Lives, and the information on St. Bega dates from the mid-thirteenth century. Contemporary scholarship considers her a composite saint; however, it is possible she is the same saint as the virgin Hieu (2nd September) mentioned by St. Bede the Venerable (25th May). Baring-Gould enumerates three distinct St. Bees; this one, the second a nun in Yorkshire, and the third the Abbess of Kilbees.
CAGNOALD (CHAINOALDUS, CHAGNOALD, CAGNOU), a brother of SS. Faro (28th October), a Bishop of Meaux; and Burgundofara (3rd April) foundress of the Abbey of Faremoûtiers. St. Cagnoald received monastic tonsure at the Abbey of SS. Peter and Paul of Luxeuil in Burgundy, where he was a disciple of St. Columbanus (23rd November). St. Cagnoald accompanied St. Columbanus to Bobbio in Emilia-Romagna, where he helped found Bobbio Abbey (Abbazia di San Colombano), and later served as the sixth Bishop of Laon, reposing circa 635.
DONATIAN, PRAESIDIUS, MANSUETUS, GERMANUS, FUSCULUS, and LAETUS, (Fifth Century), some of the more prominent amongst the orthodox Christians in Africa who were driven into exile by Hunneric the Arian King of the Vandals, in that an account of their martyrdom is given by Victor of Utica in his History of that Persecution. It is said that they numbered in all nearly five thousand in a single year. Laetus, a most zealous Prelate, was, however, burned at the stake; whilst the others, some priests, some laymen, were scourged and banished.
ELEUTHERIUS, Abbot of St. Mark's near Spoleto, St. Eleutherius was known as a wonderworker, which Pope St. Gregory the Dialogist (3rd September) personally experienced and wrote of. Towards the end his life St. Eleutherius resigned his Abbotship and took up residence at St. Gregory’s monastery in Rome where he reposed circa 590, soon after his relics were translated to Spoleto.
FAUSTUS, an Abbot of the monastery of Santa Lucy in Syracuse, where amongst his disciples was St. Zosimus (30th March), a future Bishop of Syracuse. St. Faustus reposed circa 607.
FELIX and AUGEBERT, (Seventh Century), two British prisoners of war who were sold as slaves in Gaul. They were ransomed by Pope St. Gregory the Dialogist (3rd September), who had them placed in a monastery for training to missionize their homeland. During their time in the monastery St. Felix was ordained to the priesthood, and St. Augebert to the deaconate; unfortunately, before they were able to return to Britain, both were martyred by pagans near Chaumont sur Marne in present-day north eastern France.
MACCALLIN (MACALLAN, MACCULIN DUS), St. Maccallin served as Bishop of Lusk, Co. Fingal, Ireland in the late fifth century. Oral tradition states he may have either lived in, or been buried in, a cave and that the name “Lusk” derives from an old Irish word Lusca meaning ‘cave’ or ‘underground chamber’. St. Maccallin apparently spent some time in Scotland where he is venerated as well. Nothing more is known of his life.
MAGNUS (MAGNOALDUS, MAGINOLD, MANG), the only information on St. Magnus’ life is based upon the obviously anachronistic eleventh century Vita S. Magni, hence, in reality there is no reliable information on his life extant. According to tradition St. Magnus was an Irishman who probably accompanied SS. Columbanus (23rd November), and Gall (16th October), as far as Bavaria. There St. Magnus evangelized the eastern part of the Allgäu, Bavaria (earning him the title Apostle of the Algäu), and founded Füssen Abbey (later St. Magnus’ Abbey), also in Bavaria. The year of his repose has variously been given as 655, 666, and even possibly 750.
PETRONIUS, a Bishop of Verona, who reposed circa 450. No further information about this saint is extant.
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