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Saint Pammachius
Saint Pammachius

Saint Pammachius

Feast Day
Aug 30, 2012
<p>It is not known when St. Pammachius was born, but he was a Roman Senator, and a friend of St. Jerome.&nbsp; It is also known, that he married St. Paula&rsquo;s daughter Paulina in 385.&nbsp; Paulina died in 397, and St. Pammachius devoted the rest of his life to study and charitable works.&nbsp; He became a monk, giving himself up to the works of charity.&nbsp; He was asked by St. Jerome to translate several documents, and in gratitude St. Jerome had written several letters to him, that are still preserved today. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>With some help, he built a Hospice at Porto, for the poor and sick pilgrims coming to Rome and had a church in his house.&nbsp; He was known for his piety and as a holy man.&nbsp; The site has been excavated, and the excavations have disclosed the plan and the arrangement of this only building of its kind.&nbsp; Rooms and halls for the sick and poor were grouped around it.&nbsp; The Passionists&rsquo; Saints Peter and Paul Church now occupy this site. &nbsp;</p> <p>He often tried unsuccessfully to tone down the controversial treatises of St. Jerome, whom had a huge controversy with St. Rufinus at that time.&nbsp; He even received a letter of thanks from St. Augustine, for his efforts.&nbsp; It is known that he frequented the schools of his area, with St. Jerome.&nbsp; St. Pammachius founded the Church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo in Rome.&nbsp; It is also known that St. Pammachius died in Rome in 409, and the liturgical feast is celebrated on August 30<sup>th</sup>. &nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong>Practical Take Away</strong></span></p> <p>While not a lot is known about St. Pammachius, it is clear that he became a monk after loosing his wife of 12 years.&nbsp; Her passing strengthened his desire to serve the Church.&nbsp; He was a friend to St. Jerome, and also knew St. Rufinus and St. Augustine.&nbsp; The company that he kept &ndash; shows that he was a faith filled man, that spent his time in studying the word of God, and served the Church.&nbsp; Without strong leaders and defenders of the faith in the early church, you and I wouldn&rsquo;t have the Catholic Church and faith we have today.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p>