Western Saints of the Orthodox Church
ARDO, St. Ardo received monastic tonsure at Aniane Abbey, in Hérault, taking the name Ardo to replace his baptismal one of Smaragdus. At Aniane he served as secretary to the founding Abbot St. Benedict of Aniane (11th February), and following St. Benedict’s repose in 821, St. Ardo wrote a Life of St. Benedict that is considered to be one of the most reliable of the era. St. Ardo reposed 843.
DEIFER, (Sixth Century), a Welsh saint, he was the founder and Abbot of Bodfari in Denbighshire. No further information on this saint is extant.
DRAUSINUS (DRAUSIUS), the twenty-second Bishop of Soissons. He was a great supporter of monasticism, and founded the monastery of Notre Dame de Soissons and of the Abbey of Rethondes. St. Drausinus reposed circa 674.
ENODOCH (WENEDOC), St. Enodoch was a Welsh saint and a member of the great Brychan of Brycheiniog family. It is possible she is the same saints as St. Gwen (18th October ), daughter of the famous chieftain St. Brychan of Brycheiniog (6th April). Though the exact year of her repose is unknown, it would have been no later than 520.
EOSTERWINE, a Northumbrian noble and cousin of St. Benedict Biscop (12th January), he entered the monastery of Wearmouth under his cousin at the age of 24. St. Eosterwine was known for his humility and gentleness, refined through a life of constant prayer, as well as for his zeal and skill when serving as abbot in his cousin’s absence. St. Eosterwine reposed 688 and his relics were enshrined with those of SS. Benedict Biscop and Sigfrid (22nd August), his successor, before the altar of St. Peter at Wearmouth.
GAUDIOSUS of BRESCIA, the thirteenth or fifteenth Bishop of Brescia in Lombardy, where his relics are enshrined in the church of Sant’Alessandro. There are no details of his Life extant, though he is generally believed to have reposed circa 445.
PERPETUA, FELICITY, SATURUS (SATYRUS), SATURNINUS, REVOCATUS, and SECUNDULUS, one of the most noteworthy early Christian texts, the Passion of St. Perpetua, St. Felicitas, and their Companions is an eyewitness account of the suffering and martyrdom of these saints. A group of five catechumens, along with their catechist, Saturus, were imprisoned and then martyred in Carthage, Africa Proconsularis during birthday celebrations for Emperor Septimus Severus (r. 193 – 211). Though the date of their martyrdom is generally accepted to be 203, there are some passages of the Passion which lead one to believe it might have been several years later.
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”.