Wednesday, January 5, 2022
St. John Neumann was born in Eastern Europe in 1811. He traveled to the United Stated in his mid-20s in order to do missionary work. At age 29 he joined the Redemptorist order. He continued to serve those in his community, especially the immigrants. Eventually he became the bishop of Philadelphia. There he organized the first diocesan school system in the United States. In addition to his contributions to establishing Catholic education, he was also known for his holiness and his spiritual writings.
He died on January 5, 1860. St. John Neumann was the first American bishop to be beatified. He is the patron saint of Catholic education.
Daily Mass Readings for the Memorial of St. John Neumann (2022)
- First reading – 1 John 4:11-18: “There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment, and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love.”
- Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 72: “Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.”
- Gospel – Mark 6:45-52: “But when they saw him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and cried out. They had all seen him and were terrified.”