Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 935
Sabinus, a Donatist presbyter in Tucca, diocese of Milevis (North Africa), passes to the Catholic Church with his entire community and becomes a bishop. Before AD 411. Account of the Acts of the Conference of Carthage, 411 AD.
Session 1
130. [...] Item recitauit: "Sabinus episcopus Tuccensis". Idem dixit: "Praesto sum". Adeodatus episcopus dixit: "In dioecese mea est ordinatus, ex presbyterio meo est". Sabinus episcopus ecclesiae catholicae dixit: "Cum saepe a ciuibus meis peterer ut eos in communionem ecclesiae catholicae suscepissem, rogauerunt eam ut eis episcopus daretur. Petiuerunt me, et ordinatus sum".
Adeodatus episcopus dixit: "Quem habuit decessorem? Edicat in cuius locum successit".
131. Marcellinus, uir clarissimus, tribunus et notarius, dixit: "Constat non ibi fuisse catholicam?" Adeodatus episcopus dixit: "Non". [...]
(ed. Lancel 1972: 740-742)
Session 1
130. [...] [Marcellinus] said: "Sabinus, bishop of Tucca". He said: "I am present". Bishop Adeodatus [of Milevis] said: "He was ordained in my diocese, he comes from my presbyterium". Sabinus, the bishop of the Catholic Church, said: "my citizens often asked me to accept them into the community with the Catholic Church, and asked the Church that I may be given to them as a bishop, and so I was ordained".
Bishop Adeodatus said: "Who was his predecessor? Let him say whom he succeeded!"
131. Marcellinus, vir clarissimus, tribune and notary, said: "Is it sure that the Catholic Church was not there before?". Bishop Adeodatus said: "It was not there".
(trans. S. Adamiak)


On the first day of the Conference, the Donatists challenged the list of the signatures of the Catholic bishops on the document in which they had assigned their representatives. The roll call followed, in which the tribune Marcellinus, who presided, called the Catholic bishops one by one, and their Donatist counterparts were to identify them. Then the roll call proceeded in the opposite way, with the Donatist bishops identified by the Catholics.
This passage shows how Sabinus, who was a presbyter of the Donatist diocese of Milevis, probably detached to the townlet of Tucca, passed to the Catholic Church with his entire community, and was made a bishop by the Catholics.

Place of event:

  • Latin North Africa
  • Milevis
  • Carthage
  • Tucca

About the source:

Title: Acts of the Conference of Carthage, Gesta Collationis Carthaginiensis
Origin: Carthage (Latin North Africa)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian, Donatist
The conference between the Catholics and the Donatists was held in Carthage on 1-8 June 411. Its goal was to arrive at unity between the rival Churches. The proceedings were minutely recorded, and the majority of the acts have been preserved to our days.
S. Lancel ed., Actes de la Conférence de Carthage en 411, tome II, Sources Chrétiennes 195, Paris 1972.


Religious grouping (other than Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian) - Donatist
Change of denomination
Further ecclesiastical career - Bishop
Functions within the Church - Urban presbyter
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Relation with - Bishop/Monastic superior
Relation with - Townsman
Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: S. Adamiak, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER935,