Saint Clement of Ohrid

detail of a frescoe of Saint Clement of Ohrid, artist unknown, c.1295,  monastery of Saint Clement, Macedonia; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Clement of Okbrida
  • Kliment Ohridski
  • one of the Apostles of Bulgaria



Student of Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius in Moravia and Panonia. Building on their work, he helped found Slavic literature and culture in Macedonia. He was the first Slavic writer, translated dozens of works, wrote a biography of Saints Cyril and Methodius, and founded the first Slavic university in Ohrid. Friend of Saint Naum. Served in the Bulgarian court. Taught from 886 to 893 at Kutmicevica, being a great influence on over 3,000 students, many of whom became priests and spread the Slavic liturgy through the region. Spiritual teacher of Saint Constantine the Presbyter. Bishop of Belica, the first organized Slav Church on the Balkan Peninsula. Bishop of Ohrid. Founded Saint Pantaleimonth’s monastery.




Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Clement of Ohrid“. CatholicSaints.Info. 27 July 2016. Web. 26 September 2021. <>