Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 968
Candidus, the Donatist presbyter of the diocese of Cillium (North Africa), used to serve in Vegesela before 411 AD. Account of the Acts of the Conference of Carthage, 411 AD.
Session 1
133. [...] Et recitauit: "Priuatianus episcopus plebis Vegeselitanae, coram uiro clarissimo tribuno et notario Marcellino, suprascripta mandaui et subscripsi Carthagini". Quo recitato, idem dixit: "E diuerso est mihi Donatus Cillitanus". Et accedente Donato Cillitano episcopo, idem dixit: "Diaconos illic habeo, uicina plebs agit, dioecesis mea est". Priuatianus episcopus ecclesiae catholicae dixit: "Ubi conueniunt?" Donatus episcopus dixit: "Et loca et memorias martyrum tamen prohibusisti. Candidum non habui presbyterum inde?" Priuatianus episcopus ecclesiae catholicae dixit: "Et ubi agebat?" [...]
(ed. Lancel 1972: 756)
Session 1
133. [...] [Marcellinus] read: "I, Privatianus, the bishop of the people of Vegesela, signed the aforementioned mandate before Marcellinus, vir clarissimus, tribune and notary, in Carthage". When it was read, he said: "There is Donatus of Cillium against me". When the Bishop Donatus of Cillium approached, he said: "I have deacons there, the neighbouring community celebrates, the diocese is mine". Privatianus, the bishop of the Catholic Church, said: "Where do they gather?" Bishop Donatus said: "You forbade access both to the [holy] places and memorial shrines (memoria) of the martyrs. Did I not have the presbyter Candidus there?" Privatianus, the bishop of the Catholic Church said: "And where did he hold service?" [...]
(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.

Place of event:

  • Latin North Africa
  • Vegesela

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
Functions within the Church - Parish presbyter
Functions within the Church - Rural presbyter
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Specific number of presbyters from the same church
Relation with - Bishop/Monastic superior
Devotion - Veneration of saints and relics
Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: S. Adamiak, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER968,