Saint John Neumann studied in Bohemia. He desired to become a foreign missionary in the United States. His wish came true and in 1836 he was ordained a Roman Catholic priest and bore the hardship of serving the population in the Niagara region for four years building churches and schools. Children loved him.
In 1840 he became a Redemptorist and 10 years later he was consecrated the fourth Bishop of Philadelphia.
His diocese covered a large geographical area and he travelled it by foot, horseback, canal boat, railroad and stage coach.
He was fluent in eight languages and had a hunger to save souls.
He was instrumental in the establishment of parochial schools in America and helped his flock by inviting several religious orders to work in his diocese. He founded a group of the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis.
His earthly trial lasted 48 years and died worn out working for the salvation of souls. He was declared “venerated” during the pontificate of Benedict XV, declared “blessed” in 1963 and canonized a saint in 1977.
Prayer For The Intercession of Saint John Neumann
Saint John Neumann, pray that we may know and love the Eucharist as you did.
Give strength and courage to the Vicar of Christ.
Protect our bishops, priests and religious.
May all peoples be zealous for the kingdom of God.
Enlighten the minds of people who seek truth.
May your prayers comfort the souls of our departed brethren.
Saint John Neumann, pray that we may live and die in the state of grace.
Dear Jesus, Thank You for the graces You bestowed upon Saint John Neumann. Amen.