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St John Berchmans jesuitvocationsaustralia Jan Berchmans Memorial 13 August 26 November on some calendars 27 November (Jesuits) Profile Son of a shoemaker, and one of five children, three…More
St John Berchmans jesuitvocationsaustralia
Jan Berchmans
Memorial
13 August
26 November on some calendars
27 November (Jesuits)
Profile
Son of a shoemaker, and one of five children, three of whom entered religious life. John had great devotion to his position as an altar boy. He spent much of his time caring for his mother, who was in poor health. Jesuit noviate in 1616, deciding to become a Jesuit after reading the life of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga. Student at the Jesuit College at Malines, Belgium. Studied philosophy in Rome. John had a dream of helping and teaching multi-lingual migrants, and he studied all the chief languages of Europe. He wanted to work in China after ordination. He died of unknown causes following his participation in a public debate defending the faith, and while clutching his rosary, crucifix, and rules of his order; he did not live to be ordained.
John Berchmans was not noted for extraordinary feats of holiness or austerity, nor did he found orders or churches or work flashy miracles. He made kindness, courtesy, and constant fidelity an important part of his holiness. The path to holiness can lie in the ordinary rather than the extraordinary.
Born
13 March 1599 at Driest, Brabant, Belgium
Died
12 August 1621 at Rome, Italy
relics at Saint Ignatius Church, Rome
Beatified
28 May 1865 by Pope Pius IX
Canonized
15 January 1888 by Pope Leo XIII
Patronage
altar boys
altar girls
altar servers

Oblate novices
young people
Representation
standing with hands clasped, holding his crucifix, his book of rules, and his rosary
the Rule of Saint Ignatius, a cross, and rosary