Dominicans

Dominicans

 

 

            In 1403 a monastic community began to serve San Clemente when Pope Boniface IX introduced the newly-founded Augustinian Congregation of St Ambrose (1379) from Milan. The basilica remained in Ambrosian hands until 1643, when Urban VIII suppressed the whole congregation.

In 1645 the Dominicans of San Sisto Vecchio (Rome) were put in as caretakers by Camillo Pamphili, the Cardinal-nephew of Innocent X, the whole property being handed over to the Dominican Order in 1667.

Ten years later, because of religious persecution in Ireland, the basilica and convent of San Clemente, together with those of San Sisto Vecchio, were granted to the Irish Dominicans who have continued to administer the basilica, live their religious life and continue the excavations they first started in 1857.