Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 171
The monks of Hadrumetum (North Africa) ordain for themselves presbyters from overseas. Early 6th c. Account of the Council of Carthage, 525 AD.
Nam et de Adrumentino monasterio nullomodo silere possumus, qui praetermisso eiusdem ciutiatis episcopo de transmarinis partibus sibi semper presbyteros ordinauerunt, idest Valentinum, Epiphanium, Victorianum et Paulum.
(ed. Munier 1974: 279)
We cannot remain silent about the [monks of the] monastery of Hadrumetum who, bypassing the bishop of this very city, have always ordained for themselves presbyters from overseas, namely Valentine, Epiphanius, Victorianus, and Paul.
(trans S. Adamiak)


This passage is a fragment of a letter, which may have been written up to two years before the council. Its author, Peter, the abbot of a monastery in Byzacena, seeks the confirmation of his right to ask bishops of Carthage to ordain presbyters for his monastery. Peter enumerates many monasteries receving consolatio  from the bishops from outside, and brings up the case of the monastery of Hadrumetum (also in Byzacena), regularly taking its presbyters from overseas (probably Italy). The wording of the passage is a bit strange, as it seems to suggest that the monks were performing the presbyterial ordinations themselves.

Place of event:

  • Latin North Africa
  • Hadrumetum

About the source:

Title: Council of Carthage 525, Concilium Carthaginense a. 525
Origin: Carthage (Latin North Africa)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
When Vandal king Hilderic granted tolerance to the Catholics in 523, a council of Catholic bishops gathered in Carthage on 5-6 February 525 under the bishop of the city, Boniface. Apart from repeating the disciplinary canons of previous councils (some preserved only in this way), the council dealt with the jurisdictional conflict between the bishop of Carthage and the primate of Byzacena.
C. Munier ed., Concilia Africae a. 345-a. 525, Corpus Christianorum. Series Latina 149, Turnhoult 1974, 254-282.  
J.J. Gavigan, De vita monastica in Africa Septentrionali inde a temporibus s. Augustini usque ad invasiones Arabum, Torino 1962.


Travel and change of residence
Ecclesiastical transfer
Functions within the Church - Monastic presbyter
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Reasons for ordination - Pastoral needs of the Christian community
Act of ordination
Relation with - Monk/Nun
Monastic or common life
Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: S. Adamiak, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER171,