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Neumann Year Closing Mass to be held June 23 at Philadelphia Cathedral

The Redemptorists invite all to join us in celebrating the close of 18 months of festivities marking the 200th birthday of St. John Neumann, Philadelphia’s “little bishop.”

The Neumann Year will close with a special Mass on Saturday, June 23, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput is scheduled to be the main celebrant. Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin, a Redemptorist and the secretary of the Vatican Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, is scheduled to be the homilist. Several other bishops from dioceses where Neumann served are also expected to participate.
A ticketed reception will immediately follow at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown.
“During his lifetime, John Neumann worked tirelessly to build up the community of faith — teaching children, visiting homes and parishes, celebrating the sacraments, being among the people,” said Fr. Daniel Francis, chair of the Neumann Year Committee. “This bicentennial celebration has renewed Neumann’s ministry in our own day, reminding us all of the power of community and faith. May St. John Neumann continue to intercede for us as we continue to preach, teach, and pray for our Church and our world.”
Since January 2011, the Redemptorists have celebrated the life and legacy of our saintly confrere with several special events including Neumann-themed parish missions, two nationwide essay contests for Catholic school students, Forty Hours Eucharistic devotions, and several special Masses in Philadelphia and elsewhere.
The Year also included a traveling relic of the saint that visited several locations including Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City; the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.; St. Alphonsus Church in Baltimore, MD; Buffalo, NY; the Diocese of Trenton, NJ; and several parishes in Pennsylvania.