Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 926
A Donatist presbyter gives to a certain Constantinus a Donatist pamphlet about baptism. Augustine, "On the Only Baptism", AD 410/411.
1. Proinde sermonem de unico baptismo ab eis conpositum, a quibus baptismus iteratur, quem mihi, cum in rure simul essemus, a nescio quo donatistarum presbytero acceptum dedisti [...].
(ed. Petschenig 1910: 3)
1. When we were together in the countryside, you [Constantinus] gave me the book "On the Only Baptism", written by those who repeat baptism, and given to you by a Donatist presbyter [...].
(trans. S. Adamiak)


We have no further information about Constantinus;  he is adressed by Augustine as "brother".

Place of event:

  • Latin North Africa
  • Hippo Regius

About the source:

Author: Augustine of Hippo
Title: On the Only Baptism, De Unico Baptismo
Origin: Hippo Regius (Latin North Africa)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
In late 410 or early 411 Augustine responded to a Donatist pamphlet claiming, in a simple but convincing way, that there was only one valid baptism, and that it was the Donatist one.
M. Petschenig ed., Sancti Aureli Augustini Liber de Unico Baptismo, Corpus Scriptorum Ecclesiasticorum Latinorum 53, Vienna-Lepizig 1910, 1-34.


Religious grouping (other than Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian) - Donatist
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Relation with - Heretic/Schismatic
Pastoral activity - Missionary work
Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: S. Adamiak, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER926,