St. John Neumann

Dates: 1811–1860
Feast: Jan. 5
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John Neumann was born in what is now the Czech Republic, and he studied there to become a priest. When his own bishop would not ordain him because he thought there were too many priests in his country, John sailed to America. He became a Redemptorist priest and eventually the fourth bishop of Philadelphia. Bishop John Neumann started a hundred Catholic schools in eight years, wrote catechisms and other pamphlets to teach the faith, and worked to bring good teachers into the diocese. His life’s work was to spread the faith.