St. Jerome, Priest and Doctor

Today is a feast day of St. Jerome

Saint Jerome was born at Stridon in Dalmatia around the year 340. He studied the classical authors at Rome and was baptized there. He embraced a life of asceticism and went to the East where he was ordained a priest. Returning to Rome, he became a secretary to Pope Damasus. At Rome he began to translate the holy Scriptures into Latin and to promote the monastic life. Eventually he settled in Bethlehem where he served the needs of the Church. He wrote many works, especially commentaries on the holy Scriptures. He died at Bethlehem in 420. (From the Roman Breviary)

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