Happy Halloween … and Happy Saint’s Saturday! Starting today our Campus Minister, Father James Dalton, will be posting about a new Saint and reflecting on how they can impact our lives.⁣ ⠀ ⁣ ⠀ Our school bears the name of the fourth Bishop of Philadelphia, Saint John Nepomucene Neumann, CSsR, so it is only right that we shine the spotlight on him first. Saint Maria Goretti will be in the wings for next week!⁣ ⠀ ⁣ ⠀ John was born in the Kingdom of Bohemia, now the Czech Republic, on March 28, 1811. He studied for the Priesthood; however, his bishop suspended priestly ordinations since there were so many priests and not enough positions for them. ⁣ ⠀ ⁣ ⠀ In 1836, John traveled to the United States in the hope of being ordained. Within a year, John was ordained in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City and later joined the Redemptorist Fathers in 1840.⁣ ⠀ ⁣ ⠀ In 1852, John was appointed Bishop of Philadelphia and ministered to the German, Irish and Italian Catholics, who were coming to America in large numbers. During John’s administration, new parishes were being established at the rate of one per year. John was the first bishop in America to organize a diocesan school system. ⁣ ⠀ ⁣ ⠀ St. John Neumann passed away on January 5, 1860, at the age of 48. His remains rest under the altar of the altar of St. Peter the Apostle parish at 5th street and Girard Avenue in Philadelphia.⁣ ⠀ ⁣ ⠀ You can learn more about St. John Neumann at: https://loom.ly/14OMXUI⁣ ⠀ Saint John Neumann, pray for us.⁣ ⠀ #SaintsSaturdays⁣