Jerome was born at Venice in 1486. He first embraced the military life but later dedicated himself to helping the poor, distributing to them his own possessions. He founded the Order of Clerks Regular of Somascha, which supported orphan boys and the poor. Jerome died at Somascha in the Bergamese District in 1537.
Let us learn from St. Jerome to exert ourselves in behalf of the many hundred children whose souls are perishing around us for want of some one to show them the way to heaven.
God of mercy, you chose Jerome Emiliani to be a father and friend of orphans. May his prayers keep us faithful to the Spirit we have received, who makes us your children. Grant this through Christ our Lord. amen.