Fabiola, St. (bean grower) (died 399) In Christian legend, friend of St. Jerome. Feast, 27 December. Fabiola had divorced her drunken husband and remarried. After her second husband’s death she devoted her life to works of charity, establishing the first Christian hospital in the West. When she told St. Jerome she wished to settle in Bethlehem, he advised her against it, saying she was too lively. Thousands attended her funeral when she died in Rome.
From the Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, Third Edition – Written by Anthony S. Mercatante & James R. Dow– Copyright © 2009 by Anthony S. Mercatante