Saint John Nepomucene

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

  • Jan Nepomuck√Ĺ
  • John Nepomucen
  • John of Nepomuk
  • John Wolflin
  • Johannes von Nepomuk
  • Martyr of the Confessional



While a child, he was cured by the prayers of his parents; they then consecrated him to God. Priest. Known as a great preacher who converted thousands. Vicar-general of Prague (in the modern Czech Republic). Counselor and advocate of the poor in the court of King Wenceslaus IV. He refused several bishoprics. Confessor to the queen, he taught her to bear the cross of her ill-tempered husband the king. Imprisoned for refusing to disclose the queen‘s confession to the king. When he continued to honor the seal of the confessional, he was ordered executed. Symbol of Bohemian nationalism. His image has been used in art as a symbol of the sacrament of Confession, and many bridges in Europe bear his likeness as their protector.






MLA Citation

  • “Saint John Nepomucene“. 10 April 2014. Web. 18 April 2014. <>