Catholic Saints

Saint Jerome

  • Short, concise biography of Saint Jerome
  • History, Life, Biography, Facts and Information about Saint Jerome
  • Fast, concise facts and information about Saint Jerome
  • What is Saint Jerome the patron of?
  • Date of Death
  • How Saint Jerome is represented in Christian Art
  • Feast Day

The Patron Saint Jerome

What is the definition and the meaning of the Patron Saints and why were these people chosen to become patrons of causes, professions and countries?

The term 'Patron' is used in Christian religions, including the Roman Catholic religion, to describe holy and virtuous men and women who are considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a country.

There is a patron for virtually every cause, country, profession or special interest.

There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors.

Fast, concise facts and information about Saint Jerome
The following provides fast and concise facts and information:

  • The patron of Librarians, Scholars, Students and Abandoned children
  • Born: 347 at Strido, Dalmatia (on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea).
  • Memorial Day / Feast Day: September 30th
  • Date of Death: Saint Jerome died in A.D. 420
  • Why was Saint Jerome famous? As the translator of the Bible from Greek and Hebrew into Latin, known as the Latin Vulgate.
  • Cause of Death: Natural causes

Who or what is Saint Jerome the patron saint of?
Saint Jerome is the patron of Librarians, Scholars, Students and Abandoned children. Meanings, definition and origins - a patron is considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a nation. There is a patron for virtually every cause, profession or special interest. Prayers are considered more likely to be answered by asking a patron for intercession on their behalf.

Prayer to St. Jerome - Patron Saint of Students

The Story and History of Saint Jerome
The story and history of Saint Jerome. Saint Jerome was born Eusebius Hieronymous Sophronius in 347 at Strido, Dalmatia (on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea). He came from a wealthy, Christian family and his father sent Jerome to Rome to study and where he became a proficient translator of Greek into Latin. His life in Rome, as  a young man leaving the confines of family life to the relative freedom he experienced in Rome, led to Jerome leading a fast life. After several years of study he left Rome on his travels abroad to Asia Minor. He eventually arrived in Antioch. Antioch was an important, ancient city located on the site of the modern city of Antakya, Turkey. In 365 he was fully converted to Christianity and baptised in the faith. At this time he began his study of theology and the Hebrew language. Saint Jerome then lived for many years as a hermit in the Syrian desert where he continued his studies. He returned to Rome in 382 where he remained for three years attracting wealthy noble female students including Marcella and Paula and their daughters Blaesilla and Eustochium. He returned to the east where died on 30th September 420 and was buried under the church of the Nativity at Bethlehem.

Death of Saint Jerome
There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors. A Christian martyr is regarded as one who is put to death for his Christian faith or convictions. Confessors are people who died natural deaths. Date of Death: Saint Jerome died in A.D. 420. Cause of Death: Natural causes. 

Why is Saint Jerome the patron of Librarians, Scholars and Students?
Why is Saint Jerome is the patron of Librarians, Scholars and Students? He is the patron of scholars and students, more particularly of theology, on account of his writings, notably his translation of the Scriptures, known as the Latin Vulgate.

How Saint Jerome is represented in Christian Art
It is helpful to be able to recognise Saint Jerome in paintings, stained glass windows, illuminated manuscripts, architecture and other forms of Christian art. The artistic representations reflect the life or death of saints, or an aspect of life with which the person is most closely associated. Saint Jerome is represented in Christian Art is erroneously represented in Christian Art in cardinal's robes, for cardinals were not instituted until three centuries after his death. This is done, however, to invest him with becoming dignity as one of the great fathers of the Church. His attributes are a miniature church held in his hand, and an open book. Sometimes he is accompanied by a lion, in allusion to his life in the wilderness.

Feast Day of Saint Jerome
The Feast Day of Saint Jerome is September 30th. The origin of Feast Days: most saints have specially designated feast days and are associated with a specific day of the year and these are referred to as the saint's feast day. The feast days first arose from the very early Christian custom of the annual commemoration of martyrs on the dates of their deaths at the same time celebrating their birth into heaven.

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