Order of Preachers (Dominicans) of Trinidad and Tobago.
Friday, November 23, 2012
Today the Irish Dominicans in Rome celebrate the Feast of our Patron St. Clement, Pope and Martyr (97 AD). Clement according to tradition was the third successor of St. Peter after Linus and Cletus. St. Irenaeus says of him in 202 that "Clement had seen the Apostles, he had been conversant with them, and might be said to have the preaching of the apostles still echoing in his ears and their traditions before his eyes." His lasting gift to the Church is his famous letter to the Corinthians which encourages the early church at Corinth to remain steadfast to the faith amidst trails and sufferings and remain faithful to the tradition handed on by the Apostles. According to tradition the forth pope was banished to the Crimea in the reign of Trajan and was forced to work in the mines. There his missionary work among the soldiers and fellow prisoners met with such success that the Romans had him bound to an anchor and thrown in the black sea.