An illustrated biography of Fra Jerome, the hermit of Cat Island in the Bahamas, whose story was written up in Collier's before his death, in a popular and sensational manner. This volume will serve to make the true story and the real worth of John Cyril Hawes (1876-1956) known to the American public. Saintly, romantic, slightly eccentric, a devoted missionary, a true Franciscan and a renowned priest-architect,- as an Anglican, he wanted to establish the Franciscan Order within the body of the Church of England. Converted to Roman Catholicism, he labored as a missionary and priest-architect in Australia and the Bahamas and finally built himself a hermitage on Cat Island where he was seldom left alone to live the hermit's life to the full. This is an authentic and lively account of a most extraordinary figure, whose artistic, religious, colorful, resourceful and much traveled life is both amazing and a source of inspiration.