Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 1383
Presbyter Augustine initially declines to be ordained the bishop of Hippo Regius (North Africa) when his predecessor is still alive, AD 395. Account of Possidius, "Life of Augustine", AD 432/437.
Chapter 8
[...] Et postea petito ad visitandum et adveniente ad ecclesiam Hipponiensem tunc primate Numidiae Megalio, Calamensi episcopo, Valerius antistes episcopis, qui forte tunc aderant, et clericis omnibus Hipponiensibus et universae plebi inopinatam cunctis suam insinuat voluntatem; omnibus que audientibus gratulantibus atque id fieri perfici que ingenti desiderio clamantibus, episcopatum suscipere contra morem ecclesiae suo vivente episcopo presbyter recusabat. [...]
(ed. A.A.R. Bastiaensen 1975: 148)
Chapter 8
[...] Later on, accordingly, when Megalius, Bishop of Calama, and at that time primate of Numidia, had come at his [Valerius'] request to visit the church at Hippo, unexpectedly to all the bishop Valerius made his desire known to the bishops who happened at that time to be present, and to all the clergy of Hippo and to all the people. But while all who heard rejoiced and clamored most eagerly that this should be done and accomplished, the presbyter [Augustine] refused to accept the episcopate contrary to the custom of the Church, since his bishop was still living. [...]

Place of event:

  • Latin North Africa
  • Hippo Regius

About the source:

Author: Possidius
Title: Life of Augustine, Vita Augustini
Origin: Calama (Latin North Africa)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
Possidius lived from AD 391 in the monastic community of Augustine in Hippo. After AD 397 he became bishop of Calama. Between AD 432 (the death of the Roman General Bonifatius) and AD 437 (the exile of Catholic bishops by the Vandal King Geiseric) he composed "The Life of Augustine", a substantially reliable biography of Augustine.
A.A.R. Bastiaensen ed., Vita dei santi III, Roma-Milano 1975, 130-240.


Further ecclesiastical career - Bishop
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Ecclesiastical administration - Election of Church authorities
Relation with - Bishop/Monastic superior
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