Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
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Valentinianus, formerly a deacon in Clermont (Gaul), becomes a presbyter and a cantor in the second half of the 6th century. Account of Gregory of Tours, "Life of the Fathers", Tours (Gaul), ca 590.
Denique tunc in servitio sancti Galli Valentinianus diaconus, qui nunc presbiter habetur atque vocalis, abiit.
(ed. Krusch 1885: 233)
A deacon called Valentinianus, who is now a presbyter and a singer (vocalis), was at that time in the service of saint Gallus, and had gone with him [to the Fifth Council of Orléans, AD 549].
(trans. James 1991: 38, slightly altered by J. Szafranowski)

Place of event:

  • Gaul
  • Clermont

About the source:

Author: Gregory of Tours
Title: Life of the Fathers, Vita Patrum, Liber Vitae Patrum
Origin: Tours (Gaul)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
Gregory of Tours (bishop of Tours in Gaul in 573-594) started writing his Life of the Fathers some time before 587 and finished it around 592 or slightly later, as shown by the cross-references to his other works.  It is a collection of twenty Gallic saints` lives of different lengths. They all are in some way connected to Gregory`s family or church interests, while also exemplifying different virtues leading to sanctity. Saints presented in the Life of the Fathers are all either ascetics or bishops.
More on the text: James 1991: ix-xxv.
B. Krusch ed., Gregorii Episcopi Turonensis Miracula et Opera Minora, Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Scriptores rerum Merovingicarum 1.2, Hannover 1885, 211-294.
Gregory of Tours, Life of the Fathers, trans. by E. James, Liverpool 1991.


Former ecclesiastical career - Deacon
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Functions within the Church - Cantor
Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: J. Szafranowski, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER40,