The feast day of St. John Berchmans is celebrated on November 26. He is the patron saint of altar boys.
St. John Berchmans was born in 1599 at Diest, Belgium. His father was a shoemaker. At a very young age he wanted to become a priest. After his mother’s death, in 1615 he entered the Jesuit College At Melines. He journeyed to Rome where he continued to study. He was known for his holiness and his desire for perfection in small things. In 1621, at the age of 22, he died after becoming ill, possibly from dysentery.
Many miracles were attributed to him after his death. He had a strong devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and to Our Lady. He composed a Chaplet in honor of her Immaculate Conception. He also composed a poem called ‘To an Altar Boy’.
“Our true worth does not consist in what human beings think of us.
What we really are consists in what God knows us to be.”
Quote of St. John Berchmans
November is the Month of the Holy Souls