Patron Saint of Translators

Saint Jerome is the patron saint of translators, librarians, scholars and students, mainly due to his extensive writing and his translation of the Scriptures into Latin (called the Latin Vulgate).

He was a Roman priest, theologian, confessor and historian who became a Doctor of the Church and his image in western art is often accompanied by an open book.

He was born in 347 AD (at Strido, Dalmatia) and educated in Rome where he learnt to translate from Greek into Latin. Later he converted to Christianity, studied theology and learnt Hebrew, also becoming a hermit for a time in the Syrian desert.

He died in 420 AD of natural causes and was buried under the Church of the Nativity at Bethlehem. His Feast Day is 30 September and he is venerated as a Saint by both the Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church.

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