Our Patron Saint
St. Jerome, which means “holy name”, was born in Dalmatia in 340 A.D. He was baptized as a Catholic at the age of eighteen and was sent to Rome by his parents so he could receive a good education. After completing his education St. Jerome was ordained into the priesthood and traveled to the Middle East. He lived there for five years and returned to Rome to become the secretary to Pope Damasus, the thirty ninth Pope. Three years later Pope Damasus died and Jerome decided to return to the Middle East.
Because of St. Jerome’s devotion to the Virgin Mary he settled in Bethlehem and devoted his life to study and meditation. He is best known for translating the Bible from Hebrew and Greek into Latin, the language spoken by most of the people of his day.
Jerome also had a great devotion to the Guardian Angels. He assured people that they had a Guardian Angel watching over, protecting and guiding them.
St. Jerome was always kind to those in need and taught that the words of scripture must be translated into deeds. He stressed that speaking saintly words was important but that we must also act them through kind deeds.
Jerome died in 420A.D. and was buried under the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.