Our Patron Saint

Our Patron Saint

St. John Berchmans, S.J.Image of St. John Berchmans, S.J.

St. John Berchmans, the patron saint of St. John’s Jesuit, was born in Flanders and entered the Society of Jesus in 1616 at the tender age of 17.

While his life was brief, his simplicity of spirit and desire to please the Lord touched the hearts of all who knew him.

As a young man, he developed a deep spirituality based on the loving practice of fidelity, and he is known for having done ordinary deeds extraordinarily well. St. Aloysius of Gonzaga, S.J. was his spiritual model, and he was influenced by the example of the Jesuit English martyrs.

Kind and outgoing, he was much loved. In 1618, he was sent to Rome to study philosophy and was an outstanding scholar. He had hoped that following his ordination he could become military chaplain and martyred on the battlefield.

In the summer of 1619, the intense heat of Rome affected his health and he began progressively to get weaker. For two years, he continued to be ill, requiring constant medical care.   He died peacefully on August 13, 1621, and numerous miracles were attributed to him at the time of his funeral.

His feast day is November 26.

 

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