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Monday

Today, on the feast of Blessed Francis Seelos, we present 13 of his sayings from Redemptorist Father Micheal Curley’s 2002 book Cheerful Ascetic: The Life of Francis Xavier Seelos, C.Ss.R.

  1. Someday I will become a second Francis Xavier.
  2. Dear Mother, how I thank you for having taught us children a great devotion to the Mother of God. Such an inheritance from parents is worth more than gold or silver.
  3. Today we will have no writing. The Blessed Mother has appeared to me and told me to become a missionary.
  4. I was John Neumann’s subject but was more like a son who needed help. In every respect he was a remarkable father to me.
  5. Baltimore is one of the loveliest and most beautiful cities in all of North America.
  6. If these riots continue, I may even have the privilege of becoming a martyr—a wonderful way to go to heaven.
  7. According to people, I am a thorough saint. In reality, I am a thorough scoundrel.
  8. If the Church should ever decide to celebrate the feast of a rude rascal, [Secretary of War] Stanton would easily qualify—even with an octave.
  9. I love the work of the missions more than all other labors; it is a complete apostolic employment in the Lord’s vineyard.
  10. If the Americans were as expert in spiritual matters as they are in business affairs, all of them would be saints.
  11. I have made the rounds of all the houses in the province. Only New Orleans yet remains. I have come here to pass the rest of my days and find a lasting resting place at Saint Mary’s. I feel I have traveled enough. I shall never leave New Orleans.
  12. So the doctor says I am to die! Oh, what pleasant news! How thankful I am! And to you, doctor, how much I have to return thanks for your kindness and attention to me.
  13. I never thought it was so sweet to die in the Congregation. I now begin to know what happiness it is to live and die a Redemptorist. Oh, let us love our vocation and strive to persevere in it! Then everything will be all right with us.

 

 

 

 

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Monday

With Catholic eyes turning toward Philadelphia and the World Meeting of Families this week, we are seeing St. John Neumann and his Shrine getting plenty of media attention.

Here are three videos, some photos, and a newspaper article you might want to check out:

EWTN is airing a new hour-long documentary on St. John Neumann. It was produced by a Czech film crew in conjunction with EWTN. Many scenes were shot in our Shore Road archives and at St. Peter’s in Philadelphia. Our archivist, Dr. Patrick Hayes, is a featured commentator throughout the film, and Father Matthew Allman shows up to say a few words here and there as well.

The program will be broadcast tonight, Monday, Sept. 21, at 11 p.m. and on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m.

St. John Neumann and St. Peter’s also get some airtime in a new documentary airing this week in Philadelphia on channel 6 ABC. The film is a whirlwind tour through more than 200 years of the American Catholic experience, particularly as it has been lived in the church of Philadelphia.

In addition to its debut as part of the World Meeting of Families Film Festival at the Kimmel Center on Wednesday night, Urban Trinity: The Story of Catholic Philadelphia, will also be broadcast in three parts at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22 (parts one and two), and midnight Sunday, Sept. 27 (part three). Once the film has been broadcast, it should be available online. For more information, visit urbantrinityfilm.com.

Father Allman appears as a commentator in the film, and some of the vestments from our archives were used in the reenactment of St. John Neumann’s consecration as bishop.

In preparation for the World Meeting of Families, The Faithful Traveler, another EWTN program, has produced a number of brief videos promoting Philadelphia’s shrine churches. These videos are being shown at local hotels and in other venues to introduce pilgrims to the various Catholic sites the city has to offer. Click to view their YouTube video on the National Shrine of St. John Neumann.

All of these videos were produced before or during the Shrine’s renovation, so they can’t highlight the renewed beauty of the lower church. If you want to see what the Shrine is looking like now that it is in its nearly fully complete state, check out the photo gallery on the Shrine website.

You can get an extensive tour through the whole renovation process by viewing the St. John Neumann Shrine Renovation Project 2015 album on the Shrine’s Facebook page.

There’s also a 360-degree panorama of the renovated Shrine available for viewing here.

Last, but not least, the Shrine and St. John Neumann were featured this Sunday in a piece published by the Philadelphia Inquirer. Father Raymond Collins is quoted throughout.

Monday

With Catholic eyes turning toward Philadelphia and the World Meeting of Families this week, we are seeing St. John Neumann and his Shrine getting plenty of media attention.

Here are three pieces of video, some photos, and a newspaper article you might want to check out:

EWTN is airing a new hour-long documentary on St. John Neumann. It was produced by a Czech film crew in conjunction with EWTN. Many scenes were shot in our Shore Road archives and at St. Peter’s in Philadelphia. Our archivist, Dr. Patrick Hayes, is a featured commentator throughout the film, and Father Matthew Allman shows up to say a few words here and there as well.

The program will be broadcast tonight, Monday, Sept. 21, at 11 p.m. and on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m.

St. John Neumann and St. Peter’s also get some airtime in a new documentary airing this week in Philadelphia on channel 6 ABC. The film is a whirlwind tour through more than 200 years of the American Catholic experience, particularly as it has been lived in the church of Philadelphia.

In addition to its debut as part of the World Meeting of Families Film Festival at the Kimmel Center on Wednesday night, Urban Trinity: The Story of Catholic Philadelphia, will also be broadcast in three parts at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22 (parts one and two), and midnight Sunday, Sept. 27 (part three). Once the film has been broadcast, it should be available online. For more information, visit urbantrinityfilm.com.

Father Allman appears as a commentator in the film, and some of the vestments from our archives were used in the reenactment of St. John Neumann’s consecration as bishop.

In preparation for the World Meeting of Families, The Faithful Traveler, another EWTN program, has produced a number of brief videos promoting Philadelphia’s shrine churches. These videos are being shown at local hotels and in other venues to introduce pilgrims to the various Catholic sites the city has to offer. Click to view their YouTube video on the National Shrine of St. John Neumann.

All of these videos were produced before or during the Shrine’s renovation, so they can’t highlight the renewed beauty of the lower church. If you want to see what the Shrine is looking like now that it is in its nearly fully complete state, check out the photo gallery on the Shrine website.

You can get an extensive tour through the whole renovation process by viewing the St. John Neumann Shrine Renovation Project 2015 album on the Shrine’s Facebook page.

There’s also a 360-degree panorama of the renovated Shrine available for viewing here.

Last, but not least, the Shrine and St. John Neumann were featured this Sunday in a piece published by the Philadelphia Inquirer. Father Raymond Collins is quoted throughout.

Monday

Guy Mier, Miguel Moreno, and Ken Stigner make their profession of first vows on September 5, 2015, at St. Peter the Apostle Church in Philadelphia.

Listen to Father Paul Borowski’s homily for the Mass of first profession.