Our Catholic Identity
Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School is one of the seventeen Archdiocesan Catholic high schools operated by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Office of Catholic Education, under the direction of the Faith in the Future Foundation. The school operates under the auspice of the Archbishop of Philadelphia.
Our school has two saintly patrons. These are two very different persons with no congruent elements in their backgrounds, except the love for God and his church.
John Nepomucene Neumann, CSsR (March 28, 1811 – January 5, 1860) was a Catholic priest from Bohemia. He immigrated to the United States in 1836, where he was ordained and later joined the Redemptorist order and became the fourth Bishop of Philadelphia (1852–1860). He is the first United States bishop (and to date the only male citizen) to be canonized. While Bishop of Philadelphia, Neumann founded the first Catholic diocesan school system in the United States. He was canonized in 1977.
Maria Teresa Goretti (October 16, 1890 – July 6, 1902) is an Italian virgin-martyr of the Catholic Church, and one of the youngest canonized saints.She was born to a farming family. Her father died when she was nine, and they had to share a house with another family, the Serenellis. Maria took over household duties while her mother, brothers, and sister worked in the fields. One afternoon, Alessandro,the Serenellis’ twenty-year-old son, made sexual advances to her. When she refused to submit to him, he stabbed her fourteen times. She was taken to the hospital but she died forgiving him. He was arrested, convicted, and jailed. During imprisonment he repented. After 27 years he was released from prison and visited her mother to beg forgiveness, which she granted. He later became a lay brother in a monastery, dying peacefully in 1970. She was beatified in 1947, and canonized in 1950.
Students have a scheduled instructional period in Theology in their roster of classes. The Doctrinal Elements of a Curriculum Framework for the Development of Catechetical Materials for YoungPeople of High School Age, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, November 2007, is normative for Catholic high schools. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has established academic standards for Theology classes in conformity with the Framework.
- Freshman Year
- The Revelation of Jesus Christ in Scripture,
- Who is Jesus Christ?
- Sophomore Year
- The Mission of Jesus Christ (The Paschal Mystery),
- Jesus Christ’s Mission Continues in the Church
- Junior Year
- Sacraments as Privileged Encounters with Jesus Christ,
- Life in Jesus Christ (Morality)
- Senior Year
- Living as a Disciple of Jesus Christ in Society (Vocation),
- Responding to the Call of Jesus Christ (Social Justice)
Open to All Faith Beliefs
One is not required to be a baptized Catholic to attend Neumann Goretti Catholic High School. All students, Catholic and non-Catholic, however, are expected to participate in all religious exercises of the school. No one is excused from the school’s Theology courses, retreats, Masses and prayers. The individual’s inner spirt cannot be forced; however, respect for the underlying religious foundation of the school is a basic requirement.