400 years have passed since the young Flemish priest,
John Berchmans, died in Rome at the age of 22, but already with a reputation
for holiness among his companions and all those who knew him. The reason?
Father General Arturo Sosa summed it up in his homily on the saint’s feast day,
Friday 26 November, with this phrase: “he lived his ordinary life in an
of the first students at the Jesuit “college” in Mechelen (Belgium), John
became a model and patron both for the students and for the young Jesuits
because he did, indeed, everything with excellence, integrating his great human
qualities with a deep spirituality.