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Feast of St. Jerome

September 30 @ 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

At a young age, St. Jerome – then known as Eusebius Sophronius Hieronymus – was taught Latin and Greek by the famous Roman grammarian, Aelius Donates. When he reached the age of 12, Jerome went to Rome where he continued his studies in grammar, but also learned philosophy and rhetoric. In between studying, Jerome, as he out it, forgot his morals, and began to pursue pleasure, mainly in his pursuit of women.

Despite not being a Christian, Jerome used to visit the Roman crypts and picture himself in hell because he knew his behavior was wrong. And, although he managed to frighten himself, he did not change his ways, and instead focused on ridding himself of his guilt each week.

Bonuses was a Christian and companion of Jerome. Because of his influence, Jerome was persuaded to stop his sinful ways and become a Christian. Around the year 366, he was baptized by Pope Liberius.

Jerome chose a monastery close to his home in Dalmatia (what is believed to be present day Croatia) in a town called Aquileia. After his time at the Aquileia monastery which was overseen by Bishop St. Valerian, Jerome went to Treves, Gaul and began translating books for himself. Eventually Jerome would travel to Antioch.

He fell ill along his journey and had visions, which he said made him even more religious than before. Jerome, despite being ill often, went and spent four years in the desert by Antioch as a hermit. After emerging from his life as a hermit, it was made clear to Jerome (who wanted to remain a hermit or monk) by Church officials and Pope Damasus that he was to be ordained a priest. He agreed under the terms that he would not be serving in any ministry, which would allow him to continue pursuing his monastic life.

Jerome eventually became secretary to Pope Damasus. He became known for his witty remarks – at one point, even he and St. Augustine exchanged words, although they did repair their relationship and were able to correspond as friends afterwards.

Perhaps what St. Jerome is most known for is his translation of the Bible. While still under Pope Damasus, he began his translation of the Bible from Hebrew. His translation became known as the Latin Vulgate.

Journeying to Bethlehem, St. Jerome established a monastery and spent the rest of his life there, passing away in 420 AD.

Prayer of St. Jerome for Christ’s Mercy

O Lord, show Your mercy to me and gladden my heart. I am like the man on the way to Jericho who was overtaken by robbers, wounded and left for dead. O Good Samaritan, come to my aid. I am like the sheep that went astray. O Good Shepherd, seek me out and bring me home in accord with Your will. Let me dwell in Your house all the days of my life and praise You for ever and ever with those who are there. Amen.



September 30
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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