Sep 30 - “St. Jerome” © retablos art by Br. Arturo Olivas, OFS. Happy Feast Day St. Jerome!
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San Geronimo was a 4th century scholar, monk, and hermit. After many years of travel, scholarship, and study Geronimo finally settled in Bethlehem where he translated the Bible from Greek and Hebrew to Latin. This translation of the Bible became known as the famous Vulgate Bible. In Jerusalem Geronimo guided the order of nuns founded by St Paula. Geronimo is often depicted in sacred art performing penance in a cave with a lion at his feet. Sometimes the trumpet of God hovers nearby.
In New Mexico the 17th century Spanish missionaries named a church in honor of the saint at the native pueblo of Taos. San Geronimo is one of the patrons of Spanish soldiers who shout his name when charging into battle. He is also patron of children, orphans, and protects against lightning.
His feast day is September 30.