Protector: The learned, students, archaeologists, book sellers,
pilgrims, librarians and translators.
Born in Dalmatia around 347, he studies at Rome, Aquileia, and Trier.
Shortly after his baptism in 366 he chose the religious life, becoming a
monk and hermit. He wrote the Vulgate, the Latin translation of the
Bible, originally requested by Pope Damasus. He retired to a
monastery of Bethlehem, where he died in 420, nearly eighty years in
Sometimes he is depicted striking his chest with a stone while
contemplating a crucifix; sometimes he is shown reading or writing,
wearing a cardinal's robes. His attributes include the lion, skull, and
book. He is invoked by those with failing eyesight.
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