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Saint Quodvultdeus
Died ~450 AD
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Eastern Orthodox Church
Feast 26 October (Roman calendar); 8 January (calendar of Carthage); 19 February (calendar of Naples)

Saint Quodvultdeus (died c. 450) 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 Saint Augustine of Hippo, who served as Quodvultdeus' spiritual teacher.[1] Augustine also dedicated some of his writings to Quodvultdeus.[1]

Quodvultdeus was exiled when Carthage was captured by the Vandals led by Genseric, who followed Arianism. Tradition states that he and other Catholic churchmen (such as Gaudiosus of Naples) were loaded onto leaky ships. The ships landed at Naples around 439 AD and Quodvultus established himself in Italy.[1]

His name means 'What God wants.'

One of the mosaic burial portraits in the Galleria dei Vescovi in the Catacombs of San Gennaro depicts Quodvultdeus.[2]


Some of his writings have survived, including On the Symbol, a book that has been translated into English.


  1. ^ a b c Patron Saints Index: Saint Quodvultdeus
  2. ^ Gillian MacKie, Early Christian Chapels in the West (University of Toronto Press, 2003), 31.


  • 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.

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