Saint Eustochium

detail from 'Saint Jerome with Saint Paula and Saint Eustochium', c.1645 by Francisco de Zurbaran; Samuel H Kress Collection, National Gallery of ArtMemorial


Daughter of Saint Paula of Rome and Roman senator Toxotius. Sister of Saint Blaesilla. Spiritual student of Saint Jerome in 382. Made a personal vow of perpetual virginity. Spoke Latin and Greek, and could read Hebrew. Travelled with Paula and Jerome to the Holy Land where she helped with the Vulgate Bible translation, working as Jerome‘s housekeeper, reading and writing for him when his eyesight began to fail. When Paula died in 404, Eustochium took over the spiritual direction of three women‘s communities formerly guided by her mother.




MLA Citation

  • “Saint Eustochium“. CatholicSaints.Info. 12 November 2021. Web. 29 November 2021. <>