Neumann, John Nepomucene
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3/28/1811  - 1/5/1860
John Nepomucene Neumann was born in Bohemia on March 28, 1811. He began studying at the Catholic seminary in Budweis in 1831, and completed his seminary studies at the University of Prague four years later. Even before his ordination, Neumann immigrated to the United States to work as a missionary. In 1836, he was accepted as a priest of the Diocese of New York, where he ministered to German Catholics in Buffalo from 1836 to 1840. After receiving permission to join the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, Neumann served as a missionary in Baltimore and Pittsburgh. Neumann was named bishop of Philadelphia in 1852 by Pope Pius IX. As bishop, Neumann advocated strongly for parochial education and embarked on a large-scale campaign of parish building. Neumann died on January 5, 1860. His 1977 canonization by Pope Paul VI made him the first American bishop to be named a saint.
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John Neuman portrait- Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-39725

John Neumann shrine- photo by Dgf32 at the English language Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

John Neumann portrait- Internet Archive- from Life of Right Rev. John N. Neumann by John A. Berger
Book/Journal Source(s)
Curley, M.J., 2003. Neumann, John Nepomucene, St.. Detroit: Thomson/Gale; Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America.Notes: In New Catholic Encyclopedia, Vol. 10, 2nd ed.: 265.)
Curley, Michael J., 1952. Bishop John Neumann, C.SS.R.: Fourth Bishop of Philadelphia. Philadelphia: Bishop Neumann Center.
Web Source(s)
The National Shrine of St. John Neumann
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William S. Cossen
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in History

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