Book of Saints – John Nepomucen

detail of an 18th century portrait of 'Hl. Johannes von Nepomuk', Augusburg, Germany; swiped off the Wikipedia web siteArticle

(Saint) Martyr (May 16) (14th century) The Martyr of the Secret of Confession. Born (A.D. 1330 about) at Nepomuck in Bohemia, he became Canon of Prague and eventually Court Chaplain and Confessor to the Empress Jane, wife of the dissolute Wenceslaus IV. For refusing to reveal what he had heard from her in Sacramental Confession, Saint John was by order of Wenceslaus, thrown into the River Moldau and drowned (A.D. 1383). In life, his dwelling-place had been the resort of all who were in distress, and in his humility he had refused bishoprics and other preferments offered to him. He was canonised A.D. 1729. Ten years previously his tomb had been opened. His flesh had returned to its dust; only his tongue was fresh and incorrupt.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “John Nepomucen”. Book of Saints, 1921. Saints.SQPN.com. 22 October 2013. Web. 16 April 2014. <>