JANUARY 5. At Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the memory of the Servant of God, Bishop John Nepomucene Neumann, C.S.S.R. He was born at Praschitz, Bohemia, March 28, 1811. Directly before ordination he left Bohemia to consecrate himself to the American missions. He landed at New York, June 2, 1836, was incardinated and ordained by Bishop Dubois (June 25) and sent to western New York (Buffalo, etc.). In 1840 he entered the Redemptorist Congregation and was the first of its members professed in America (January 16, 1842). After having built Saint Philomena’s Church at Pittsburgh, he was made vice-provincial of the Redemptorists in America (1846). In 1852 Pius IX commanded him to accept the bishopric of Philadelphia; he was consecrated March 28, 1852. One of his first acts was to provide for Catholic schools. Noted for his devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, he was the first American Bishop to introduce the Forty Hours’ Devotion into his diocese (1853). He died at Philadelphia, January 5, 1860, and was buried in a vault before the altar in a lower chapel of Saint Peter’s Redemptorist Church, Phila delphia. On December 15, 1896, he received the title of “Venerable,” and the acts of the process of his beatification are now under consideration. Cath. Encycl., Vol. x, p. 773. Berger, Leben und Wirken. New York, 1883.
- Father F G Holweck. “Servant of God, Bishop John Nepomucene Neumann”. . Saints.SQPN.com. 27 October 2013. Web. 7 March 2014. <>