John Berchmans

1599 - 1621

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John Berchmans (Dutch: Jan Berchmans [jɑm ˈbɛr(ə)xmɑns]; 13 March 1599 – 13 August 1621) was a Jesuit scholastic and is a saint in the Catholic Church. In 1615, the Jesuits opened a college at Mechelen and Berchmans was one of the first to enroll. His spiritual model was his fellow Jesuit Aloysius Gonzaga, and he was influenced by the example of the English Jesuit martyrs. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Berchmans has received more than 166,970 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 19 in 2019). John Berchmans is the 1,323rd most popular religious figure (up from 1,381st in 2019), the 278th most popular biography from Belgium (up from 305th in 2019) and the 10th most popular Belgian Religious Figure.

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Among religious figures, John Berchmans ranks 1,323 out of 2,272Before him are Fray Tomás de Berlanga, Turibius of Mogrovejo, Dunstan, Vilmos Zsigmond, Polyeuctus, and Hōjō Ujimasa. After him are Luis Ladaria Ferrer, Peter Chanel, Saint Mercurius, Joseph II of Constantinople, Désiré-Joseph Mercier, and Diego Laynez.

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Among people born in 1599, John Berchmans ranks 13Before him are Ottavio Piccolomini, Stefan Czarniecki, Andrea Sacchi, Pieter van Laer, Christian the Younger of Brunswick, and Robert Blake. After him is Adriaen van Utrecht. Among people deceased in 1621, John Berchmans ranks 19Before him are Antoine de Montchrestien, Ambrosius Bosschaert, Catherine Stenbock, Jan Jesenius, Bahāʾ al-dīn al-ʿĀmilī, and Ottavio Rinuccini. After him are Anna Juliana Gonzaga, Hendrick de Keyser, Pietro Aldobrandini, Dirk Hartog, and Mary Sidney.

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Among people born in Belgium, John Berchmans ranks 278 out of 899Before him are Violetta Villas (1938), Paul van Zeeland (1893), Bernard Voorhoof (1910), Godfrey I, Count of Louvain (1060), Hendrik Conscience (1812), and J.-H. Rosny aîné (1856). After him are Désiré-Joseph Mercier (1851), Prince Baudouin of Belgium (1869), Leo Joseph Suenens (1904), Joanna, Duchess of Brabant (1322), Guillaume Lekeu (1870), and Jean Absil (1893).


Among religious figures born in Belgium, John Berchmans ranks 10Before him are Godfried Danneels (1933), Gudula (646), Begga (615), Adalard of Corbie (751), Rimbert (830), and Edward Schillebeeckx (1914). After him are Désiré-Joseph Mercier (1851), Leo Joseph Suenens (1904), Sigebert of Gembloux (1030), William of St-Thierry (1085), Joseph Cardijn (1882), and Jozef De Kesel (1947).