St. Gerolamo Emiliani, CRS (1486 – 8 February 1537) was an Italian humanitarian and founder of the Somaschi Fathers.
Born in Venice, he spent some time in the military, and later served as a magistrate. Emiliani provided for the sick, the hungry, and orphans; and persuaded others to do likewise. Through his good offices a number of hospitals and orphanages were established in several northern Italian towns. He was canonized in 1767 and is the patron saint of orphans.