Joannes Chrysostomus Teniers
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Joannes Chrysostomus Teniers
The High Reverend Lord

Joannes Chrysostomus Teniers

abbas S. Michaelis Antwerpiensis
Jan Erasmus Quellinus - Portrait of Johannes Chrysostomus Teniers.jpg
ChurchRoman Catholic
Appointed19 May 1687
PredecessorGerardus Knyff
SuccessorJoannes Baptiste Vermoelen
Other postsLord of Berendrecht and Sandvliet
Ordination13 March 1677
Personal details
Birth nameJoannes Jacobus Teniers
BornAntwerp, Duchy of Brabant, Spanish Netherlands
Died30 November 1709
MottoTene Quod Bene
Coat of arms500px

Joannes Chrysostomus Teniers, the religious name of Joannes Jacobus Teniers,[1][2] also known as Jan Jacob or Jean-Jacques Teniers (1653-1709) was a Flemish preacher and poet. He was the abbot of the St. Michael's Abbey in Antwerp and in that capacity also the Lord of Berendrecht and Santvliet.[3]


Joannes Chrysostomus Teniers was born in Antwerp, the son of Melchior Teniers and Maria de Backer. He was baptised there on 28 January 1653 with the birth name Joannes Jacobus Teniers.[1][2]

After studying the Liberal Arts at Leuven University Teniers entered St Michael's Abbey, Antwerp, a house of the Premonstratensian Order. He was professed on 17 January 1675, ordained 13 March 1677, and elected abbot 19 May 1687.[4] As abbot he took the motto Tene Quod Bene ("Hold on to what is good", 1 Thessalonians 5, verse 21).

Teniers died in Antwerp on 30 November 1709. His portrait painted by Jan Erasmus Quellinus is in the collection of Tongerlo Abbey.


Teniers had some reputation as a preacher and a manuscript of his sermons for feastdays was preserved in the monastery library, as well as two volumes of his notes on the works of St Augustine.

One of Teniers' poems was published in the preliminary matter of Jacobus Moons's Sedelyck Vreughde-Perck (Antwerp, Michiel Knobbaert, 1685).[5]


  1. ^ a b P.J. Hanicq, Catalogus omnium primorum in generali et solemni philosophiæ et artium promotione: ab origine celeberrimæ Universitatis Lovaniensis, Université catholique de Louvain (1835-1969), 1824, p. 96
  2. ^ a b Jan Jacob Teniers at geni
  3. ^ Beschryving van het dorp Berendrecht Front Cover F.G.C. de Meyer Janssens, 1855, p. 104 (in Dutch)
  4. ^ Paul Bergmans, "Teniers, Jean-Jacques, en religion Jean-Chrysostome", Biographie Nationale de Belgique, vol. 24 (Brussels, 1929), 682-683.
  5. ^ Moons, Jacobus (February 11, 1685). "Sedelyck vreughde-perck oft derden deel van het Zedelyck vermaeck-tonneel verthoonende door sinne-beelden den leersaemen handel van de onredelijcke dieren aen de verkeerde, en beest-aerdighe wereldt". by Michiel Knobbaert – via Google Books.

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