Thursday, November 26, 2015
ST JOHN BERCHMANS - FEASTDAY 26TH NOVEMBER
Eldest son of a shoemaker, John was born at Diest, Brabant. He early wanted to be a priest and when thirteen became a servant in the household of one of the Cathedral canons at Malines. In 1615, he entered the newly founded Jesuit College at Malines, and the following year became a Jesuit novice. He was sent to Rome in 1618 to continue his studies and was known for his diligence and piety, impressing all with his holiness and stress on perfection in little things. He died there on August 13. Many miracles were attributed to him after his death, and he was canonized in 1888.