Jerome, Priest & Monk of Bethlehem

September 30, 2016 all-day
Jerome, Priest & Monk of Bethlehem

Jerome was the foremost biblical scholar of the ancient church. His greatest achievement was the translation of the entire Bible from the original Hebrew and Greek texts into Latin, known as the Vulgate version. Along with his commentaries and homilies on biblical books, this made him a major intellectual force in the Western church. Jerome was born in northern Italy in 347 and was converted and baptized during his student days in Rome. He was secretary to Pope Damascus and spiritual director of many noble Roman ladies who were interested in monastic life. Upon leaving Rome he established a monastery at Bethlehem, where he lived and worked until his death in 420.