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Western Saints of the Orthodox Church — 9th April

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9th April

CASILDA, a Moorish convert to Christianity who lived an hermitic life near Briviesca in present-day Castile and León, Spain. St. Casilda reposed circa 1050.

DOTTO, In his Scottish Menology, Camerarius lists St. Dotto as the Abbot of a monastery in the Orkney Islands off the northern coast of Scotland. According to Forbes, and Butler the monastery was on an Island (Forbes states one of the main islands) named for the saint, whom Butler claims to have lived for nearly one hundred years. However, as the Bollandists point out there is no mention of an island by the name Dotto on any map or history of the Orkneys of the last few hundred years. The Bollandists go on to state that there is no mention of this saint in either Dempster’s Menologium Scoticum, or in the Aberdeen Breviary, thus casting doubt as to his very existence. However, his veneration has survived, at least in a limited form, to this day.

HEDDA, THEODORE, and COMPANIONS, also known as the Martyrs of Croyland, St. Hedda was Abbot of Peterborough, St. Theodore was Abbot of Crowland, they were martyred along with at least eighty other monks from these and surrounding monasteries by the Danes circa 869. Also, included in this group is St. Torthred (Touredec), to whom a church in Brittany is dedicated; St. Elfgete, a deacon; St. Sabinus, a subdeacon; SS. Askega, Swethin, Egdred, Ulric, as well as SS. Grimkeld and Agamund, who were both centenarians.

HUGH of ROUEN, he received monastic tonsure at the Abbey of St. Peter (later the Abbey of St Wandrille) in Fontenelle, Normandy whilst still a youth. Later St. Hugh was appointed Vicar-General of Metz, then in 722 consecrated Bishop of Rouen. Later he was translated to the Diocese of Paris, concurrently serving as Abbot of both Fontenelle and Jumièges Abbeys. He resigned his offices to live as a simple monk at Jumièges. St. Hugh reposed in 730.

MADRUN (MATERIANA), St. Madrun was a Welsh or Cornish native. Two churches in Cornwall and one in Wales are dedicated to her. Nothing further is known of this saint.

MARCELLUS, the successor of his brother, St. Petronius (10th January), as Bishop of Die. During his long episcopate, St. Marcellus endured a great deal of torment from Arians. He reposed in 474.

MARTYRS of NORTH-WEST AFRICA, (Date Unknown), a group of Christians martyred in North-Western Africa, most likely Mauritania Tingitana.

MARTYRS of PANNONIA, (Date Unknown), seven Christians said to have been martyred in Sirmium, Pannonia (present-day Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia). However, contemporary research has been unable to find any evidence of their existence.

WALDETRUDIS (VAUDRU), a daughter of SS. Walbert (11th May) and Bertilia (3rd January), wife of St. Vincent Madelgarus (20th September) and mother of SS. Landericus (10th June), Dentelin (16th March), Madalberta (7th September), and Aldetrudis (25th February). Both St. Waldetrudis and her husband had always been desirous of lives devoted completely to prayer and meditation, and so, St. Waldetrudis convinced St. Vincent to enter a monastery, and she followed two years later. St. Waldetrudis was the foundress of a community in Mons, Hainaut (present-day Belgium), where she lived as a simple monastic. St. Waldetrudis reposed circa 688.

Details of British Saints excerpted from Orthodox Saints of the British Isles.
Details of continental saints from these sources.