Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 164
Canon 2 of the First Council of Arles (Gaul, AD 314) forbids ministers to leave the places in which they were ordained.
Canon 2
De his qui in quibuscumque locis ordinati fuerint ministri: In ipsis locis perseuerent.
(ed. Munier 1963: 9)
Canon 2
On those who were ordained ministers [of the Church] wherever that was: In these places they should stay.
(trans. J. Szafranowski)


The same canon appears also at the list of the nine canons added to the letter to Pope Silvester (Epistula ad Silvestrum) sent by the synodal fathers. See Munier 1963: 5.
One of the oldest canons that forbid ecclesiastical transfer.

Place of event:

  • Gaul
  • Arles

About the source:

Title: The First Council of Arles, Concilium Arelatense I anno 314, Canones ad Silvestrum Papam
Origin: Arles (Gaul)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
The First Council of Arles gathered in 314 under the auspices of Constantine the Great to solve the controversy between Bishop Caecilian of Carthage and the emerging Donatist movement. The Donatists, dissatisfied with the ruling of the Council of Rome in 313, implored Constantine to summon a new council. The First Council of Arles, however, also condemned the Donatists.
Ch. Munier ed., Concilia Galliae a. 314-a. 506, Corpus Christianorum. Series Latina 148, Turnhoult 1963.


Travel and change of residence
    Ecclesiastical transfer
      Public law - Ecclesiastical
        Described by a title - Minister/λειτουργός/ὑπηρέτης
          Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: J. Szafranowski, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER164,