Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 1628
Presbyter Senecio is commanded by Pope Innocent I to make order in the archives of the Church of Rome. Letter 13 of Innocent I to Bishop Rufinus of Thessalonica, Rome, AD 412.
Letter 13
3. [...] Omnem sane instructionem chartarum in causa archivorum cum presbytero Senecione, viro admodum maturo, fieri iussimus. [...]
(ed. Coustant 1845: 516-517)
Letter 13
3. [...] We commanded the ordering of those documents in the archives with Presbyter Senecio, a sufficiently responsible man. [...]
(trans. S. Adamiak)


The letter is dated 17 June 412. It is considered to be the first testimony of the existence of the archives of the Church of Rome.
The name of Senecio is also mentioned in Letter 9 of Pope Siricius to Bishop Anysius of Thessalonica (Patrologia Latina 13, 1178), and in the letter of Pope Celestine I (AD 422-432) to the bishops of Illyricum. We do not know whether those passages relate to the Senecio mentioned here.

Place of event:

  • Rome
  • Rome

About the source:

Author: Innocent I
Title: Letters, Epistulae
Origin: Rome (Rome)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
Innocent I was the bishop of Rome from AD 401 to 417. Several of his letters, especially to the bishops of Gaul and Spain, are "decretals": authoritative letters containing papal rulings, usually in response to questions raised by the bishops.
P. Coustant ed., S. Innocentii Papae Epistolae et Decreta, Patrologia Latina 20, Paris 1845, 463-608.
D. Jasper, H. Fuhrmann, Papal Letters in the Early Middle Ages, Washington 2001.


Functions within the Church - Cathedral presbyter
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Ecclesiastical administration
Education - Special skills
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