St. John Neumann, pray for us!

March 28, 1811
St. John Neumann born in Prachatice, Bohemia (modern day Czech Republic)

June 1836
Ordained a priest by the bishop of New York

June 1842
Takes vows as a Redemptorist

Redemptorist vice-provincial in the U.S.

Pastor, St. Alphonsus Church Baltimore

Named fourth bishop of Philadelphia

January 5, 1860
Neumann dies at age 49

October 13, 1963
Declared Blessed

June 19, 1977
Neumann declared a saint by Pope Paul VI

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Essay Contest


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This annual contest is open to all Catholic school students in grades 6-12. First place winners in the middle- and high-school categories receive a $300 scholarship. Each category also includes two honorable mentions who receive $100 scholarships.


Neumann Year Information Packet (PDF)

Neumann Year Brochure: Activities for Dioceses, Parishes and Groups (PDF)

Neumann Parish Mission Prayer Card (PDF)
This card is designed to be printed out by parishes hosting Neumann-themed missions. Parishioners are then invited to pray the prayer on the back as preparation for the mission.

Photo Gallery

NEW! Relic Tour, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C.: March 28, 2012. Click on the slideshow for a larger view.

Archbishop Charles Chaput celebrates Feast Day Mass: January 5, 2012, St. Peter the Apostle Church/Shrine of St. John Neumann, Philadelphia, PA. Click on the slideshow for a larger view.

Neumann Year 40 Hours: June 24-26, 2011, Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral, New York, NY. Click on the slideshow for a larger view.

Neumann Year Bicentennial Celebration: June 18, 2011, St. Peter the Apostle Church, Philadelphia, PA. Click the slideshow for a larger view.

Neumann Year Pilgrimage to Germany, Austria & Czech Republic (May 10-20, 2011): Click here to read the pilgrims' blog. Click the slideshow for a larger view.

Catholic Schools Prayer Service Honoring St. John Neumann's 200th Birthday: March 28, 2011, Shrine of St. John Neumann, Philadelphia, PA. Click for a larger view.

St. John Neumann Celebration: March 27, 2011, St. Alphonsus Church, Baltimore, MD. Click for a larger view.

St. John Neumann was once pastor of St. Alphonsus and was ordained a bishop there on his 41st birthday in 1852.

Opening of the Neumann Year: January 5, 2011, in Philadelphia and Baltimore. Click on an image for captions and larger view.


St. John Neumann, C.Ss.R. (1811-1860) Presentation by Redemptorist Fr. Daniel Francis. Read more here.

Ongoing Neumann Year Events

For more information about these events, please call 877-876-7662.

Parish Neumann Nights

Celebrate the life and spirit of St. John Neumann with an evening of reflection, which includes a brief Powerpoint about the saint's life and legacy, a Holy Hour preached by a Redemptorist missionary, and an opportunity to venerate a significant relic of St. John Neumann.

Forty Hours Devotions

St. John Neumann loved the Blessed Sacrament and is credited for introducing the practice of Forty Hours in the United States. During this special year, the Redemptorists are available to conduct and preach Forty Hours devotions in your parish. Reflections will include themes related to St. John Neumann, and there will be an opportunity to venerate a relic of the saint.

Monthly Saturday retreats

Take time out of your busy schedule to spend some time with St. John Neumann. The Shrine of St. John Neumann in Philadelphia, PA, hosts monthly mornings of reflection from October through June. Each month's retreat will focus on a theme related to St. John Neumann, and will be preached by a Redemptorist.

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