Antonin Cloche

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Antonin Cloche (1628 - 1720) was the Master of the Order of Preachers from 1686 to 1720.

Early Biography[edit]

Antonin Cloche was from a rich French family.[1]


Cloche entered the Dominican Order in the Province of Toulouse.[1]


Under the masterships of Juan Tomás de Rocaberti and Antonio de Monroy Cloche served as the master's envoy to the Kingdom of France.[1]

Cloche was unanimously elected master at the Dominican chapter held in 1686 at Rome after the death of the previous master de Monroy.[1][2]

As master, he was a proponent of popular preaching along the lines of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament.[1] Jansenism and Gallicanism continued spreading in the French order during his mastership.[1] He lived as a great lord, hosting many ecclesiastical dignitaries at his country house in San Pastore.[1]

He died in 1720 at age 92.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Benedict M. Ashley, The Dominicans, ch. 6
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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Antonio de Monroy
Master of the Order of Preachers
Succeeded by
Agustín Pipia