Johannes Chrysostomus Vander Sterre
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Johannes Chrysostomus Vander Sterre
The High Reverend Lord

Johannes Chrysostomus vander Sterre

abbas S. Michaelis Antwerpiensis
Katharina Pepijn - Portrait of Van der Sterre, abbot of St Michael's Abbey, Antwerp.jpg
Portrait by Katharina Pepijn (1652)
ChurchRoman Catholic
Term ended1652
PredecessorMatthæus Yrsselius
SuccessorNorbert van Couwerven
Personal details
Born9 March 1591
Died23 July 1652
Coat of armsJohannes Chrysostomus vander Sterre's coat of arms

Johannes Chrysostomus vander Sterre (1591-1652), sometimes Jean Chrysostome Van der Sterre or Joannes Chrysostomus Stella, was an ecclesiastical writer and abbot of St. Michael's Abbey, Antwerp.


Vander Sterre was born in 's-Hertogenbosch on 9 March 1591.[1] He was educated at the Jesuit college in Antwerp, and entered St Michael's Abbey in the city, eventually becoming abbot on 7 October 1629. He died on 23 July 1652.[2]

As abbot he was a patron of the arts,[3] among other works having a choir screen installed in the abbey church by Johannes van Mildert.[4][5] He was also a patron of literature, at least three books printed in Antwerp being dedicated to him.



Works dedicated to Vander Sterre include:

  • Richardus Versteganus, Medicamenten teghen de melancholie (Antwerp, Hendrick Aertsens, 1633)
  • Christophorus van Essen, Den waerom? Den Daerom. De exempelen ende waerheyt met eene voorstellinge ende beklach des oorloghs (Antwerp, Hendrik Aertssens, 1634). The author is identified as "fencing master in Antwerp".
  • Arnold de la Porte, Compendio de la lengua española. Institutie vande Spaensche tale (Antwerp, Caesar Joachim Trognaesius, 1637)


  1. ^ Date of birth from personal entry in the catalogue of the Bibliothèque nationale de France.
  2. ^ Herman Vanderlinden, "Sterre (Jean-Chrysostome vander)", Biographie Nationale de Belgique, vol. 23 (Brussels, 1924), 815-816.
  3. ^ Barbara Haeger, "Abbot Van der Sterre and St. Michael's Abbey. The Restoration of its Image, and its Place in Antwerp", in Sponsors of the Past: Flemish Art and Patronage, 1550-1700, edited by H. Vlieghe and K. Van der Stighelen (Turnhout, 2005), pp. 157-179.
  4. ^ Bert Timmermans, Patronen van patronage in het zeventiende-eeuwse Antwerpen (Amsterdam University Press, 2008), p. 190.
  5. ^ Barbara Haeger, "The Choir Screen at St. Michael's Abbey in Anwerp: Gateway to the heavenly Jerusalem", in Munuscula Amicorum: Contributions of Rubens and his Colleagues in Honour of Hans Vlieghe (Turnhout, 2006), pp. 527-546.
  • Simeomo, Macarius Laudatio funebris in exequiis reverendissimi domini D. Ioannis Chrysostomi Vander Sterre (Antwerp, 1652)

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