December 23

St. John of Kanty

Saint John of Kanty

Early Life

Saint John of Kanty is also known as John of Cantius. E was born on the23rd of June in 1390.

Saint John of Kanty was born in Kęty, a little town close to Oświęcim inPoland. His parents were Stanisław and Anna Kanty.

Saint John was a bright child. He was intelligent and was sent toreceive the best education available at that time.

Saint John was sent to Kraków Academy. He received his bachelor’sdegree and a licentiate from the institution a few years later. In 1418,around the age of 28, Saint John became a Doctor of Philosophy.

After he finished school, he spent a few years tutoring at the sameuniversity. He taught Philosophy and spent his time preparing for thepriesthood.

Sometime later, he was made rector at the School of the Canons regular.At the same time, he was ordained as a priest.

While he held the position as a rector in Most Holy Sepulcher inMiechow, he was called back by his alma mater.

Kraków Acadamy offered Saint John of Kanty a professorship of the SacredScripture. He had taken interest in theological writings and thewriters. This encouraged him to go on to earn a doctorate in theology.

Saint John was hardworking. He soon got noticed and was appointed as thedirector of the department of theology.

His new ascension to what was considered a position of power led hisenemies to plan to bring him down. Saint John’s rivals set him up withfalse accusations.

There was no proper interrogation and so Saint John was judged as guiltyof his charges. He was expelled from his position as director and wassent out of college.

Saint John was sent out to Olkusz to act as a parish preach at a churchthere.

Dedication and Devotion

It seemed that Saint John had fallen from grace as a man and aspresbyter. He was not only insulted by the people in his new city but hewas treated like an outcast.

Saint John of Kanty carried out his duties and responsibilities withefficiency and an amazing amount of zeal. He was humble, respectful,passionate, and devoted to the Church.

Still, this was not enough for the people. They remained suspicious ofhim and we’re disrespectful towards him. This did nothing to dampen hisspirit.

If Saint John was anxious at this new parish, he did not show it.Instead, he put in his all and provides nothing but the best.

After a while, his parishioners began to take notice of his integrity.Saint John was always available and ready to help. He was generous,almost to a fault, and always split his belongings with those who neededthem.

He did all these without complaints.

The period started to realize that they had misjudged him all this whileand began to accept him.


After serving the parish for several years, Saint John returned toKraków where he taught scripture till his death.

Back at Kraków, Saint John of Kanty was once again accepted by thepeople who had cast him aside. Their respect for him had strengthenedand he was once more favored by distinguished and noblemen.

Back in Kraków, Saint John never ceased to give alms to the poor. He wassaid to have been a man of good humor who never let anything other thanthe necessities for survival.

In his time, Saint John made several pilgrimages to holy places.

Death and Canonization

  1. He was buried at the Collegiate Church of St Anne.

5 Interesting Facts About St. John of Kanty

  1. Did you know that Saint John of Kanty is the Patron saint of
    Lithuania and Poland?
  2. Did you know that Saint John of Kanty was a vegetarian? He abstained
    from meat.
  3. Did you know that Saint John made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem? It is
    said that he had done this in the hope that he would be martyred
    for Christ.
  4. Did you know that Saint John is almost always depicted in a
    professor’s gown with his arm around a student or giving his
    garments to the needy?
  5. Did you know that Saint John of Kanty is the only confessor who is
    honored in the Catholic liturgy by 3 hymns?

Prayer to St. John of Kanty

Almighty Father,through the example of John of Kantymay we grow in the wisdom of the saintsAs we show understanding and kindness to others,may we receive your forgivenessThrough our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,who lives and reigns with youin the unity of the Holy Spirit,one God, forever and ever.Amen.