New Catholic Dictionary – Saint John Berchmans

photograph of the Saint John stained glass window in Saint Joseph's Cathedral, Macon, Georgia, USA, artist unknown; photographed in the summer of 2003Article

Confessor, born Diest, Brabant, 1599; died Rome, Italy, 1621. He studied at Mechlin and entered the Society of Jesus, 1616. Having been sent to Rome in 1619, he fell ill in 1621, immediately following his public disputation in philosophy, and died shortly afterward. His short religious life was distinguished by a faithful observance of the Rule of the Order, which brought him quickly to perfection. Patron of youths; altar boys’ societies are named after him. Emblems: the Rule of Saint Ignatius, a cross, and rosary. Canonized, 1888. Relics in San Ignazio, Rome, Italy. Feast, 13 August; in the Society of Jesus, 27 November.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint John Berchmans”. People of the Faith. CatholicSaints.Info. 26 November 2010. Web. 29 November 2020. <>