Happy Monday Saints! To start our week off right, our Campus Minister, Father James Dalton, has another story of a Saint to share with us. Today’s Saint is Saint Jerome Emiliani.
Saint Jerome Emiliani was born in Venice, and his father died when he was just a teenager. Jerome ran away at the age of 15 to join the army and in 1508, he participated in the defense of Castelnuovo against the League of Cambray. Saint Jerome was appointed governor of a fortress in the mountains of Treviso and was taken prisoner while defending his post.
Saint Jerome had not cared about God all that much, but he attributed his escape to the intercession of the Mother of God. He later made a pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Treviso, in fulfillment of a vow, and left his chains as an offering. He was then appointed Venetian magistrate of Castelnuovo di Quero, but after a short time returned to Venice to supervise the education of his nephews.
All his spare time was devoted to the study of theology and to works of charity. In the year of plague and famine (1528), he seemed to be everywhere and showed his zeal, especially for the orphans. Jerome began caring for the sick and feeding the hungry at his own expense. He rented a house for them near the church of St. Rose and, with the assistance of some pious laymen, ministered to their needs.
In 1531 he went to Verona and encouraged the citizens to build a hospital. In Brescia, Bergamo, Milan, and other places in northern Italy, he erected orphanages, for boys and for girls.
You can learn more about Saint Jerome here: loom.ly/5DP-sek
Saint Jerome Emiliani, pray for us.