Reading the Fathers: Clement of Rome

Clement of Rome

The first of the Church Fathers on the list for our read through of the church fathers is Clement of Rome. Over the next few days, we will be reading through the Epistle of Clement (1 Clement). The letter is thought to have been written sometime between 95-97 CE.


Very little is know about Clement, and what we do know comes from secondary sources. According to Tertullian, Clement was ordained by St. Peter and St. Jerome identifies Clement as the fourth pope. Origen Eusebius, Epiphanius, and Jerome link Pope Clement I to the Clement mentioned by Paul in Philippians 4:3:

Yes, and I’m also asking you, loyal friend, to help these women who have struggled together with me in the ministry of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my coworkers whose names are in the scroll of life.

Clement’s papacy began in 88 CE and ran until 97 CE.

Clement is commemorated in the Lutheran Church on November 23.


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