Quodvultdeus (Latin for "what God wills", died c. 450 AD) was a fifth-century church father and bishop of Carthage who was exiled to Naples. He was known to have been living in Carthage around 407 and became a deacon in 421 AD. He corresponded with Augustine of Hippo, who served as Quodvultdeus' spiritual teacher. Augustine also dedicated some of his writings to Quodvultdeus.
Portrait of Quodvultdeus, 5th-century mosaic, Catacombs of San Gennaro
Neapolis, Western Roman Empire
|Venerated in||Catholic Church|
Eastern Orthodox Church
|Feast||26 October (Roman calendar); 8 January (calendar of Carthage); 19 February (calendar of Naples)|
Quodvultdeus was exiled when Carthage was captured by the Vandals led by King Genseric, who followed Arianism. Tradition states that he and other churchmen (such as Gaudiosus of Naples) were loaded onto leaky ships that landed at Naples around 439 AD and Quodvultdeus established himself in Italy. He would go on to convert dozens of Arian Goths to Orthodoxy in his lifetime.
Some of his writings have survived, including On the Symbol, a book that has been translated into English.
- Quodvultdeus of Carthage : The Creedal Homilies : conversion in fifth-century North Africa, Thomas Macy Finn (translation and commentary), New York : Newman Press, 2004, p. 137.
- Hubertus Drobner (1994). "Quodvultdeus". In Bautz, Traugott (ed.). Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon (BBKL) (in German). 7. Herzberg: Bautz. cols. 1137–1142. ISBN 3-88309-048-4.
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