Religious Communities in Rome in the Great Western Schism, 16-17 November 2020

Venue: online conference in Zoom.

The project SCISMA together with École française de Rome and the Finnish Institute in Rome organizes a workshop discussing the ways in which the religious communities in Rome reacted to the peculiar circumstances created by the Schism. In many cases, the Roman religious communities were forced to rethink their loyalties in a precarious situation between the two, and finally three, papal obediences. They were faced with fluctuating economic conditions, frequent military threats to the city, and, potentially, the questioning of their authority in religious matters. However, the Schism also created opportunities and intimated that a brighter future might lay ahead for those enduring the present tribulations. It is the intention of this conference to bring together academics working on different religious communities in Rome, to increase dialogue and exchange, in order to help better understand the effects of the Schism in the city.

We understand religious community broadly as any community defined by its relation to faith (such as different Christian or Jewish orientations), or to religious institutions (such as confraternities, religious orders, and houses).


Religious Communities in Rome in the Great Western Schism

Conference in Zoom, timezone Rome (GMT +1)

Zoom link will be sent to the participants near the event. We welcome all to join us in discussing the Great Western Schism. If you wish to participate without giving a paper, please send an e-mail to Reima Välimäki (reima.valimaki [at]


16 November

14:00 Welcome, Kirsi Salonen, University of Turku

Presentation of conference participants

15:00 Keynote: Joëlle Rollo-Koster, The University of Rhode Island:
A Tale of Two Cities: Rome and Avignon during the Schism
Chair: Kirsi Salonen

16:15 Session 1, chair: Daniel Bornstein
James A. Palmer: Ideal Order and Lived Community: Challenges Facing Rome’s Urban Clergy during the Great Western Schism
Reima Välimäki: Networks of Clergy in Boniface IX’s Curia

17:30 Session 2, chair: Armand Jamme
Ignacio García Lascurain Bernstorff: Poverty, Charity, Neapolitan binds, and a Roman clan: The Knights Hospitaller in Rome during the Great Western Schism, 1378-1409
Teemu Immonen: The Cistercian Community of Tre Fontane in the Schism

18:45 Free discussion platform


17 November

14:00 Keynote: Bénédicte Sère, Université Paris Nanterre:
Dominicans and the Great Western Schism. An observatory of long-term ecclesiological issues at stake
Chair: Pierre Savy

15:15 Session 3, chair: Marika Räsänen
Andreas Rehberg: Strategie per far fronte alle crisi dell’ospedale e della casa madre di S. Spirito in Sassia durante il Grande scisma occidentale
Emanuele Carletti: Una nuova comunità religiosa a Roma durante il Grande Scisma d’Occidente: i frati Servi di Maria a San Marcello (1369-1417)

16:30 Session 4, chair: Kirsi Salonen
Anna Esposito: La comunità ebraica di Roma negli anni dello Scisma (1378-1417)
Marika Räsänen: Dominicans and the Dominican saints of the Roman obedience

Conclusion 17:30

Further information:

Kirsi Salonen, Professor, PI of the project, kilesa[at]