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ER 119
Aredius, abbot and probably presbyter in Limoges (Gaul), informs Gregory of Tours of the deeds of saint Nicetius of Trier, his mentor. Aredius died in 591. Account of Gregory of Tours, "Life of the Fathers", Tours (Gaul), ca 590.
17, preface
 
Noverint igitur, a beato Aridio abbate urbis Lemovicinae, qui ab ipso Nicetio antestite enutritus et clericatus ordinem sortitus est, haec quae subiecta sunt me audisse.
 
(ed. Krusch 1885: 277)
17, preface
 
I have heard the things reported below from the holy Aredius, abbot at the city of Limoges, who was raised by Bishop Nicetius himself and who received clerical orders from him.
 
(trans. James 1991: 104)

Discussion:

Gregory called Aredius a presbyter in the Glory of the Confessors 9, see [xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx], and the Miracles of the Martyr Julian 40, see [1979]. It is impossible to determine at what point of his career Aredius was invested into the presbyterial office, apart from the fact that he was ordained during the episcopate of Nicetius (552-573).
 
Shortly after the passage cited in this record, Aredius is referred to as "priest" (sacerdos).

About the source:

Author: Gregory of Tours
Title: Life of the Fathers, Vita 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.
Edition:
B. Krusch ed., Gregorii Episcopi Turonensis Miracula et Opera Minora, Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Scriptores rerum Merovingicarum 1.2, Hannover 1885, 211-294.
 
Translation:
Gregory of Tours, Life of the Fathers, trans. E. James, Liverpool 1991.

Categories:

Described by a title - Sacerdos/ἱερεύς
Described by a title - Clericus
Monastic or common life - Cenobitic monk
Monastic or common life - Monastic superior (abbot/prior)
Relation with - Bishop/Monastic superior
Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: J. Szafranowski, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER119, http://www.presbytersproject.ihuw.pl/index.php?id=6&SourceID=119