New Catholic Dictionary – Pope Saint Clement I

detail of a stained glass window of Pope Saint Clement I, church of Saint Clement, Arpajon, France, 1895; photographed on 6 April 2012 by GFreihalter; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsDerivation

  • Latin: clemens, merciful, mild


Reigned c.88 to c.97. Born in Rome; died probably in exile, c.99. The first Apostolic Father, little is known of his life except that his “Epistle to the Corinthians” is authentic. The work remains today one of the valuable monuments of the sub-Apostolic age, and a strong proof for the primacy of the Catholic Church. His name occurs in the Canon of the Mass, and Origen and Jerome identify him with Paul’s fellow worker (Philip 4). Patron of marble workers, stone-cutters, and mariners. Feast, 23 November.

MLA Citation

  • “Pope Saint Clement I”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 19 May 2016. Web. 22 October 2019. <>