Catholic Philopatrian Literary Institute welcomes members and guests to a unique Saint John Neumann Feast Day weekend event on Sunday, January 6. The fourth Bishop of Philadelphia, Redemptorist priest, founder of the first Catholic diocesan school system and first male Saint canonized in the USA is enshrined at Saint Peter the Apostle’s lower church in Northern Liberties.
The high school in South Philadelphia, the parish in Bryn Mawr, the university in Aston and many prep schools and high schools across the country are named after him due to his prodigious efforts to enhance the material and spiritual growth of his community.
Saint John Neumann reached across all ethnic groups, religious orders and civic groups to help build Philadelphia. In 1853 his vision of empowering the growing immigrant community included establishment of Saint Joseph’s Hospital and Beneficial Bank as well as initiating the Catholic school system that we know here today.
Philo members will have a private tour at 2:15 pm (meet at the fountain inside the church fellowship hall – right next to the upper church). We will visit Saint John Neumann in his glass reliquary, the site of under-construction Saint John Neumann Museum, the national Redemptorist Archives and the glorious Gothic bell tower of Saint Peter the Apostle upper church. Mass of celebration will follow at 3:30 pm in the upper church. Philo will present Father Collins, National Shrine Director, with the Sourin Award posthumously to Saint John Neumann in synchronicity with his saintly mission – aligned perfectly with our Philo mission – to our community. A reception will be held in the fellowship hall adjacent to the upper church following the presentation of the Sourin Award.
We hope to celebrate this special event with you and any interested guests. There are five parking lots at 5th Street and Girard Avenue adjacent to the church at 1019 North 5th Street, Philadelphia PA 19123.