Feastday: July 9th
When did St. John of Cologne live: in the sixteenth century
Biography of Saint John of Cologne:
John was born in Cologne and studied at the University of Cologne, one of the best institutions in Europe in the sixteenth century. Later, he entered the Dominican Order and was ordained. He then moved to the village of Hoornaar (Netherlands), where he served as a priest for the next twenty years. John was taken captive by the Calvinists and a group called Watergeuzen, who tired to make him deny his faith. On the night of 9 July, John was hanged together with eighteen other Christians after cruel tortures.
Statues and wooden sculptures representing St. John of Cologne - portrayal, imagery and emblem: St. John of Cologne is shown as a priest with book, cross around his neck and a palm leaf as a symbol of his martyrdom.