Book of Saints – John Ruysbroeck


(Blessed) (December 2) (14th century) A Flemish Saint who, after many years of usefulness as a secular priest, retired to the then solitary hermitage of Grcenendaal in the forest of Soignies, and eventually founded there a monastery of Canons Regular, over which he presided as Prior. He was favoured with many supernatural gifts, and occupies a prominent place among Mediaeval Mystics. His ascetic writings have a special charm. He passed away December 2, A.D. 1381, in the eighty-eighth year of his age. The Roman Decree authorising his cultus was issued A.D. 1908.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “John Ruysbroeck”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 27 October 2013. Web. 11 December 2018. <>