Blessed John van Ruysbroeck

[Blessed John Ruysbroeck]
Also known as

  • John Ruysbroeck
  • Jan van Ruusbroec
  • John the Admirable Doctor
  • John the Divine Doctor
  • Ruysbroeck the Admirable

Memorial

Profile

Nothing is known of John’s father, but history remembers his mother as a very pious woman who eventually entered a convent. At age eleven John moved in with and was educated by his uncle, Father John Hinckaert at Saint Gudule’s, Brussels, Belgium. Ordained in 1317. Served as chaplain at Saint Gudule’s for 26 years.

In response to pamphlets teaching heresy, John began to write his own, primarily on false mysticism being taught. None of these writings have survived.

In 1343, John and his uncle retired to a hermitage in Groenendael. His reputation for wisdom and holiness began to spread, and the hermitage attracted like-minded men. The group founded a formal community of Augustinian canons regular on 13 March 1349 with John as prior. Many people came for spiritual guidance by the canons, and especially from John. He led a life of extreme austerity, became famous as a sublime contemplative and skilled director of souls. As the Spirit moved him, he resumed writing. Noted as the greatest of the Flemish mystical writers.

Born

Died

Beatified

Representation

  • in canonical habit, seated in the forest with his writing tablet on his knee, rapt in ecstasy and enveloped in flames, which encircle without consuming the tree under which he is resting

Additional Information

Works

Readings

Where I assert that we are one in God, I must be understood in this sense that we are one in love. - Blessed John

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed John van Ruysbroeck“. Saints.SQPN.com. 1 December 2013. Web. 10 July 2014. <>