St. Jerome Emiliani

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.


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