Saint John Neumann
Feast day January 5
This is an extract taken from the Loyola Press and is the most readily understandable article on St John Neumann I found. There are other more detailed accounts, each containing basic biographical information, and the nature of his priesthood and works. Some biased and others not, They give differing accounts of how John Neumann came to be in America.
America gained its first Male Saint because his Homeland had too many priests to want to Ordain him. Elizabeth Anne Seton is the only other.
As a boy, John Neumann lived in Bohemia, which is now part of Czech Republic. He studied hard, for he wanted to be a missionary priest in America. By the time he was twenty-four, he had learned six languages and had completed his studies for the priesthood. He was not ordained, however, because his bishop thought there were enough priests in his country. So John Neumann decided to leave for America, hoping to be ordained there. He said goodbye to his parents and brother and sailed for the United States. When he arrived, he had one suit of clothes and one dollar in his pocket. Three weeks later, the bishop of New York ordained him.
Father John’s first work was with the German-speaking people in mission parishes near Buffalo, New York. He was not considered very handsome, and some people disliked him and his ways. (…..)
Image credit: Saint John Newmann by unknown artist, 19th century. Public Domain via Wikimedia.