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St. John Neumann Shrine featured in TV travel series

Just ahead of the 200th anniversary of the birth of St. John Neumann, the fourth bishop of Philadelphia and the first Redemptorist to profess vows in the U.S., the saint’s shrine will be featured in an upcoming episode of the Faithful Traveler series on EWTN.

The National Shrine of St. John Neumann, a Redemptorist shrine in Philadelphia, will be the topic of the episode airing May 9 at 5 p.m. The show will repeat at 1 p.m. May 13.

The Faithful Traveler series, which began airing in late February, has showcased significant Catholic shrines and churches throughout the U.S. Northeast. Another Redemptorist-related site featured in the series is the Church of St. Alphonsus in Baltimore. Though no longer a Redemptorist parish, the church has a saintly history — St. John Neumann was once pastor of St. Alphonsus, as was Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, a Redemptorist whose cause for sainthood is advancing in Rome.

St. John Neumann was born in what is now the Czech Republic in 1811 and died in Philadelphia in 1860. He built more than 80 churches in Philadelphia in his lifetime and is considered the father of the U.S. parochial school system.