Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Schools of the Sacred Heart cordially invite everyone to join to celebrate the 150
th anniversary of the Apparition and Miracle of St. John Berchmans.
On December 7, the holy heart of St. John Berchmans will make its journey from Belgium to Shreveport, Louisiana. The heart will arrive at the Schools of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau on
December 14, where it will be placed in the on-campus shrine which is the site of the miracle performed by St. John Berchmans that led to his canonization. Bishop J. Douglas Deshotels, Msgr. Keith DeRouen, and Fr. Derrick Weingartner, SJ will be among some of the local and international priests who will be on campus to celebrate the arrival of the relic.
Anyone who wishes to visit the relic at the shrine of St. John Berchmans is invited between 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 14.
Further details are available at www.sshcoteau.org.
The relic will also be at the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans in Shreveport from December 8-18. More information is available at www.SJBdevotion.org.
About the Miracle: St. John Berchmans was a young man from Diest, Belgium who wanted to become a Jesuit priest.
In 1866, a woman named Mary Wilson, a convert to Catholicism, joined the Religious of the Sacred Heart Convent in St. Louis, MO. After she entered she became seriously ill; in hopes that a milder climate would help her recover, Mary was sent to Grand Coteau, where she would continue her formation to become a member of the Society of the Sacred Heart. However, her health failed to improve and with all medical solutions exhausted, the Religious at the Academy of the Sacred Heart began a novena to Blessed John Berchmans.
On the ninth day of the novena, from her bed in the infirmary, Mary Wilson, unable to speak, prayed within her heart, “Lord, Thou Who seest how I suffer, if it be for your honor and glory and the salvation of my soul, I ask through the intercession of Blessed Berchmans a little relief and health. Otherwise, give me patience to the end.”
At that moment, Mary heard a voice whisper, “Open your mouth.” She then felt someone place a finger on her tongue and immediately, she was relieved. She opened her eyes and saw a figure by her bedside holding a cup in his hands. When she asked, “Is it Blessed Berchmans?” he answered, “Yes, I come by the order of God. Your sufferings are over. Fear not.” The church accepted this as the third miracle for his canonization in 1888.