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Saint John Nepomucene Neumann – Feast Day – January 5

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Saint John Nepomucene Neumann was born on 28 March 1811 at Prachititz, Bohemia (Czech Republic). He worked in Philadelphia, USA, and died around 5 January 1860 of a stroke at 13th and Vine Streets, Philadephia, Pennsylvania. He was interred in a glass tomb under the altar at the National Shrine of Saint John Neumann in Philadelphia. His feast day is celebrated on January 5 every year.

Saint John Nepomucene Neumann Biography
Date of Birth March 28, 1811
Country of Birth Czech Republic
Profession Bishop of Philadelphia
Place of Work Philadelphia, USA
Date of Death January 5, 1860 (aged 48)
Place of Death Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Feast Day January 5
Beatification Beatified by Pre Congregation
Canonization Beatified by Pre Congregation
Patron Saint of  

Saint John Nepomucene Neumann Life History

Today’s saint worked like a mule. He studied, he wrote, he prayed, he preached, he traveled, he built, he founded, he guided, he taught. And then one day, carrying construction plans for his Cathedral in Philadelphia to an office, he collapsed and died in the street. He had worked himself to death. He was 48 years old.

St. John Neumann was born in central Europe, in what is today the Czech Republic. Like many people born in small countries, he had to learn more than his native tongue if he wanted to be a success. But St. John outdid himself. He learned seven languages in addition to his native Czech. He had a gift.

Yet he found it hard to find a bishop to ordain him after he had completed his theological studies. He wrote to numerous bishops throughout Europe and to one on the other side of an ocean he had never seen. The other side of the ocean bishop wrote back. If you can get here I’ll ordain you.

Saint John Nepomucene Neumann Date of birth

St John Nepomucene Neumann was born on 28 March 1811 at Prachititz, Bohemia (Czech Republic).

Place of Birth

St John Nepomucene Neumann was born on 28 March 1811 at Prachititz, Bohemia (Czech Republic).

Family Background

St John Nepomucene Neumann was the Son of Philip, who was German and owned a stocking factory, and Agnes Neumann who was Czech. John was a small and quiet boy with four sisters and a brother and was named after Saint John Nepomucene.

An excellent student, John early felt drawn to religious life. Seminarian at Budweis, Bohemia in 1813, he studied astronomy and botany in addition to theological topics. Studied theology at Charles Ferdinand University in Prague in 1833.

Profession

St John Nepomucene Neumann got there and was ordained in 1836 by Bishop John Dubois of New York, himself a transplant from Paris, France.

St John Nepomucene Neumann was assigned to rural areas in upstate New York and was outstanding in his zeal for souls. But the isolation was a burden and he felt the need for a priestly community. So he joined the Redemptorist Order and began many years of priestly service in Maryland.

His intelligence, ability to preach and hear confessions in multiple languages, extraordinary work ethic, life of poverty, good nature, and general holiness were traits that all observed and all admired.

St John Nepomucene Neumann was named the 4th bishop of Philadelphia in 1852. The city’s growth was exploding, especially its Catholic population of immigrants.

St. John threw himself into his work with no concern for his own well-being. He was a tornado of apostolic activity. He was everywhere. He did everything.

The Church benefited and grew at an extraordinary pace. But St. John did not benefit. His only gear was an overdrive. Zeal for His house consumed him. Zeal for His house killed him, in fact.

That is probably the way that he wanted it. He was buried in a Redemptorist Church in Philadelphia.  His reputation for holiness spread after this death. The faithful asked. The faithful received. The miracles were documented and Philadelphia had its saint.

He was canonized by Pope Paul VI in 1977, an immigrant who was the first male American citizen to be raised to the altars.

St. John Nepomucene Neumann, you left home and family to toil in the remote regions of the United States for the sake of the gospel.

Your tireless dedication to the needs of the Church and her people is an inspiration to all Catholics, especially priests.

Help us to enkindle in our hearts the same fire of love that burned in your own heart – the love of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

Saint John Nepomucene Neumann Date of Death

St John Nepomucene Neumann died around 5 January 1860 of a stroke at 13th and Vine Streets, Philadephia, Pennsylvania, and was interred in a glass tomb under the altar at the National Shrine of Saint John Neumann in Philadelphia.

Saint John Nepomucene Neumann Place of Death

St John Nepomucene Neumann died around 5 January 1860 of a stroke at 13th and Vine Streets, Philadephia, Pennsylvania, and was interred in a glass tomb under the altar at the National Shrine of Saint John Neumann in Philadelphia.

Saint John Nepomucene Neumann Feast Day

St John Nepomucene Neumann is among the famous Saints whose feast Day is celebrated on January 4 every year.

Beatification

St John Nepomucene Neumann was beatified by Pre Congregation.

Canonization

St John Nepomucene Neumann was canonized by Pre Congregation.

Patron Saint of

There are no data based on who were his patron Saints but we are keeping tabs and soon we will update this information.

 

 

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