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St Jerome Emiliani

(1481—1537)


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(1481–1537),

founder of the Somaschi. A native of Venice, ordained priest in 1518, he devoted his life to work among the poor and afflicted, founding orphanages, hospitals, and houses for fallen women. In 1532 he founded a society to foster this work. Feast day, 8 Feb. (formerly, 20 July).

Subjects: Christianity.


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