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St Jerome


St. Jerome was born at Stridon in Dalmatia around 347 A.D. He became a monk and embraced a life of asceticism. St. Jerome later became secretary to Pope Damasus. He is the author of the Latin Vulgate and is one of the four great doctors of the Latin Church.

St. Jerome spent long years of his life in a little cave at Bethlehem, where Jesus had been born. There he prayed, studied the Bible, and taught many people how to serve God. He wrote a great many letters and even books to defend the faith from heresy.

St. Jerome had a bad temper, and his sharp tongue made him many enemies. Yet he was a very holy man who spent his life trying to serve Jesus in the best way he could. And so, despite his temper, he became a great saint. St. Jerome is the Patron Saint of Librarians, Scripture Scholars and Students. He died in 419 or 420.

A Doctor of the Church, (from the Latin docere, to teach), is a saint from whose writings the whole Church is held to have derived great advantage and to whom "eminent learning" and "great sanctity" have been attributed. The honour is always bestowed posthumously.

Ambrose,Augustine, Jerome, and Pope Gregory Iwere the original Doctors of the Church and were named in 1298. They are known collectively as the Great Doctors of the Western Church.

The four Great Doctors of the Eastern Church, Sts
John Chrysostom, Basil the Great, Gregory of Nazianzus and Athanasius were recognized in 1568 by Pope St. Pius V.


It is our part to seek,
His to grant what we ask;
ours to make a beginning,
His to bring it to completion;
ours to offer what we can,
His to finish what we cannot.

— St. Jerome