Saint John Nepomucene

detail of a stained glass window of Saint John Nepumocene; date and artist unknown; the confessional of Saint Aloysius Church, Columbus, Ohio; photographed on 12 April 2014 by Nheyob; swiped from Wikimedia Commons; click for souce imageAlso known as

  • Jan Nepomucký
  • John Nepomucen
  • John of Nepomuk
  • John Wolflin
  • Johannes von Nepomuk
  • Martyr of the Confessional



While a child, he was cured by the prayers of his parents; they then consecrated him to God. Priest. Known as a great preacher who converted thousands. Vicar-general of Prague (in the modern Czech Republic). Counselor and advocate of the poor in the court of King Wenceslaus IV. He refused several bishoprics. Confessor to the queen, he taught her to bear the cross of her ill-tempered husband the king. Imprisoned for refusing to disclose the queen‘s confession to the king. When he continued to honor the seal of the confessional, he was ordered executed. Symbol of Bohemian nationalism. His image has been used in art as a symbol of the sacrament of Confession, and many bridges in Europe bear his likeness as their protector.






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MLA Citation

  • “Saint John Nepomucene“. CatholicSaints.Info. 9 October 2021. Web. 30 November 2021. <>