Today, we celebrate the Feast of St. John Neumann. St. John Neumann is not only one of the patron saints of our school but was also the fourth Bishop of Philadelphia and founder of many Catholic Schools. ⠀ ⠀ St. John Neumann, Pray for us. ⠀ ⠀ To learn more about the life of St. John Neuman, consider reading the bio below put together by our School Minister, Father Dalton. ⠀ ⠀ —- ⠀ ⠀ Our school can boast of two patron saints: St. John Neumann, whose feast day comes to us in this first week of the new year, and St. Maria Goretti whose feast day is July 6. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ 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 St. Peter the Apostle parish at 5th street and Girard Avenue in Philadelphia.