Saint Jerome 341–420.
Feast Day: September 30. Patron of: Librarians. Archaeologists. Doctor of the Church.
After a misspent youth, Jerome became a Christian convert. He lived for years in the Syrian desert, studying and translating biblical texts. He became a priest and worked as secretary to the pope. He spent the last 34 years of his life living in seclusion in the Holy Land, translating the New Testament from Hebrew to Latin. The trumpet from the sky is a symbol of his true calling. He is hitting himself with stone, a symbol of his ascetic lifestyle. The skull is the sign of the penitent.