Friends of St. Clement

St. Clement friends



In 1857 the Irish Dominican Fathers of the Basilica San Clemente initiated the archeological excavations which uncovered the fourth-century basilica and primitive buildings beneath.

In 1912 they launched an ambitious project to drain the lower level of the excavations, constructing a 700 metre tunnel underground.

In the 1950s the frescoes of St Catherine’s Chapel were restored in collaboration with the Ministero per i Beni Culturali.

In the 1980s and ’90s the 12th-century apse mosaic and the medieval Chapter Room underwent restoration, again in collaboration with the Ministero per i beni culturali, and the baptistery of the medieval basilica was discovered.

At the expense of the Dominican Fathers, a new lighting system was installed in 2005 for the benefit and safety of visitors, and it now illuminates and helps to preserve the artistic treasures of San Clemente. Other necessary renovation projects demand attention as the 150th anniversary of the discovery of the original basilica approaches.

The generosity of visitors and friends is the primary source of financial assistance available to the Dominican Fathers of San Clemente. That generosity is vital for the preservation and improvement of the extraordinary archeological discoveries in our care.

you can help us by sending your contribution to:

Padre Stephen Hutchinson, O.P.
Collegio San Clemente
Via Labicana, 95
00184 Roma – Italia


Friends of St Clement

Dominican Community (Newry)
Mons. Vladimir Stahovec, Rector, Pontificio Collegio Slovacco dei Santi Cirillo e Metodio
St Martin de Porres Apostolate