Wednesday, January 05, 2011

St. John Neumann

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Blessed Francis X. Seelos, C.S.s.R's connection to St. John Neumann:
After being ordained, he worked for nine years in the parish of St. Philomena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, first as assistant pastor with St. John Neumann, the superior of the Religious Community, and later as Superior himself and for the last three years as pastor. During this time, he was also the Redemptorist Novice Master. With Neumann he also dedicated himself to preaching missions. Regarding their relationship, Seelos said: “He has introduced me to the active life” and, “he has guided me as a spiritual director and confessor.”

Source: Seelos Center
Incorrupt Body of St. John Neumann, C.S.s.R.

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O Saint John Neumann, your ardent desire of bringing all souls to Christ impelled you to leave home and country; teach us to live worthily in the spirit of our Baptism which makes us all children of the one Heavenly Father and brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ, the first-born of the family of God.

Obtain for us that complete dedication in the service of the needy, the weak, the afflicted and the abandoned which so characterized your life. Help us to walk perseveringly in the difficult and, at times, painful paths of duty, strengthened by the Body and Blood of our Redeemer and under the watchful protection of Mary our Mother.

May death still find us on the sure road to our Father's House with the light of living Faith in our hearts. Amen.
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For those interested in a pilgrimage check out Walk in the footsteps of St. John Neumann & Blessed Francis Seelos. I came across this pilgrimage info on the internet.


Barb, sfo said...

And he founded, among about 30 others, St. Peter's Parish and school in Riverside, NJ. We attended that parish and the kids went to that school until 2006 when the school closed.

St. John Neumann, intercede to keep Catholic schools faithful and full!

Esther G. said...

Oh wow! I will have to check this out. Thanks Barb.