Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 2392
Draft: Epifanius, bishop of Salamina (Cyprus) explains the reasons for ordaining Paulinianus as presbyter; among them that Jerome and Vincentius did not perform presbiterial duties. Letter 51 in the correspondence of Jerome, AD 394.
1. (...) I saw that the monastery contained a large number of reverend brothers, and that the reverend presbyters, Jerome and Vincent, through modesty and humility, were unwilling to offer the sacrifices permitted to their rank, and to labor in that part of their calling which ministers more than any other to the salvation of Christians.
(trans. W.H. Fremantle, G. Lewis and W.G. Martley)


The letter was translated into Latin by Jerome.

Place of event:

  • East
  • Bethlehem

About the source:

Author: Jerome
Title: Letters, Epistulae
Origin: Bethlehem (East)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
The large corpus of Jerome`s letters covers both great theological themes and personal issues. They are one of the most important sources for our knowledge of Christian life in the fourth to fifth century.
I. Hilberg ed., Sancti Eusebii Hieronymi Epistulae, Pars 3, Ep. 121-154, Corpus Scriptorum Ecclesiasticorum Latinorum 56, Vienna-Leipzig 1918.
A. Goldbacher ed., S. Augustini Hipponiensis Episcopi Epistulae, Pars 3, Ep. 124-184A, Corpus Scriptorum Ecclesiasticorum Latinorum 44, Vienna-Leipzig 1904.
Translated by W.H. Fremantle, G. Lewis and W.G. Martley. From Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Second Series, Vol. 6. Edited by Philip Schaff and Henry Wace. (Buffalo, NY: Christian Literature Publishing Co., 1893.) Revised and edited for New Advent by Kevin Knight. <>.


Monastic or common life
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