Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 1130
Catholic presbyter Gildo serves the community of Lamzella after the death of its bishop and before the nomination of the new one. Account of the Acts of the Conference of Carthage, AD 411.
Session 1
206. [...] Item recitauit: "Donatianus episcopus Lamzellensis". Cumque accessisset, idem dixit: "Mandaui et subscripsi; traditorem autem non habeo, nec habui, nec habiturus sum". Aurelius episcopus ecclesiae catholicae Macomadiensis dixit: "Rufus episcopus ibi fuit noster. Lamzelli in basilica nostra positus est Gildo. Scriptum sit, dum expectatur electio. Caeterum in nomine Christi ordinabitur illic episcopus".  [...]
(ed. Lancel 1972: 878-880)
Session 1
206. [...] [Marcellinus] read: "Donatianus, the bishop of Lamzella". When he approached, he said: "I signed the mandate; I do not have any traitor in my community, I did not have any, and I will not have". Aurelius, the bishop of the Catholic Church of Macomades, said: "Our Bishop Rufus was there. Gildo is placed in our basilica in Lamzella. Let it be written down, while we wait for the election. Another bishop will be ordained there in the name of Christ". [...].
(trans. S. Adamiak)


On the first day of the Conference, the Donatists challenged the list of the signatures of the Catholic bishops on the document in which they had assigned their representatives. The roll call followed, in which the tribune Marcellinus, who presided, called the Catholic bishops one by one, and their Donatist counterparts were to identify them. Then the roll call proceeded in the opposite way, with the Donatist bishops identified by the Catholics.
Gildo is clearly a presbyter (although not described as such), taking care of the Catholic Church in Lamzella after the death of her bishop and before the election of a new one. The Catholic community in Lamzella is probably very small, since the Donatists claim that it is non-existent.

Place of event:

  • Latin North Africa
  • Lamzella

About the source:

Title: Acts of the Conference of Carthage, Gesta Collationis Carthaginiensis
Origin: Carthage (Latin North Africa)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian, Donatist
The conference between the Catholics and the Donatists was held in Carthage on 1-8 June 411. Its goal was to arrive at unity between the rival Churches. The proceedings were minutely recorded, and the majority of the acts have been preserved to our days.
S. Lancel ed., Actes de la Conférence de Carthage en 411, tome II, Sources Chrétiennes 195, Paris 1972.


Functions within the Church - Parish presbyter
Functions within the Church - Urban presbyter
Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: S. Adamiak, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER1130,