It was 541 years ago that Polish priest St. John Cantius died in Krakow and joined the Church Triumphant. Born in 1390, St. John was a brilliant scholar whose work bridged the gap between philosophy, theology and natural science. He spent years copying manuscripts and would lead the philosophy department at the future Jagiellonian University. The future Pope St. John Paul II was also inspired by his work.
Despite all this, the real gifts of St. John Cantius were charity, humility and faith. He was canonized by 1676 and is the patron of St. John Cantius parish, the home of Knights of Columbus Lafayette Council #361. St. John Cantius, pray for us!