Saint John Berchmans (I)
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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, John Froymont. 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. He is the patron of altar
boys. His feast day is November 26.
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