Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Feast Day: St. John Neumann

Born in Bohemia, Neumann came to the United States in 1836, where he was ordained a priest.  He worked in Buffalo, NY as a parish priest until joining the Redemptorists.  In 1852, he was ordained Bishop of Philadelphia.  He opened more than 50 parishes and organized the parochial system in his See, opening 100 schools for all children.  He fell in the snow outside his Church at the age of 49, dying shortly thereafter.

He once said:
A man must always be ready, for death comes when and where God wills it.

St. John Neumann, first canonized American man, please pray for us ... for all Catholic schools, Catholic students, and Catholic teachers ... for truth to be taught in all things.

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