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 (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.
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.
Twelve sermons by Quodvultdeus survive:
- Three De symbolo ("On the creed")
- Two De tempore barbarico ("On barbaric times")
- Two De accedentibus ad gratiam ("On the approach to grace")
- Adversus quinque haereses ("On five heresies")
- De cataclismo ("On the catalcysm")
- De ultima quarta feria ("On the last Wednesday")
- De cantico novo ("On the new song")
- Contra iudaeos, paganos et arrianos ("Against Jews, Pagans and Arians")
He also wrote:
- Liber promissionum et praedicatorum Dei ("Book of promises and predictions of God")
- 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.
- Opera Omnia by Migne Patrologia Latina with analytical indexes
- Lewis E 20 De quattuor virtutibus caritatis (On the four virtues of charity) at OPenn