National Shrine of Saint John Neumann

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National Shrine of Saint John Neumann
St. Peter the Apostle Church
Shrine of St. John Neumann.jpg
Basic information
Location 1019 North Fifth Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Affiliation Roman Catholic Church
Leadership Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer
Website Shrine of St. John Neumann
Architectural description
Architectural style Romanesque Revival
Completed 1847
Specifications
Materials Stone

The National Shrine of St. John Neumann is a Roman Catholic National shrine dedicated to St. John Neumann, the fourth Bishop of Philadelphia and the first American male to be canonized. The shrine is located in the lower church of St. Peter the Apostle Church at 1019 North 5th Street, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the United States. The main church was built in 1843.

Adjoining the lower church is a small museum, which displays exhibits relating to the life of the saint. The National Shrine of St. John Neumann and St. Peter's Church are under the care of the Redemptorists, the religious community of which St. John Neumann was a member.

History[edit]

When Bishop Neumann died suddenly in 1860 he was buried, as requested, at St. Peter's Church beneath the undercroft floor directly below the high altar.

Pope Paul VI beatified Neumann during the Second Vatican Council, and Pope Paul VI declared him a saint in 1977. The undercroft at St. Peter the Apostle Church underwent several renovations after Neumann's initial interment. The space served for years as the lower church of St. Peter the Apostle parish and eventually became the National Shrine of Saint John Neumann after his canonization. The body of the saint lies in a glass-enclosed reliquary under the main altar. It is dressed in the episcopal vestments with a mask covering the face.

Route 15 Trolley Passes St. Peter's at 5th and Girard (Spire to the left of trolley).

The saint's body has undergone multiple vestment changes since it was first displayed at the time of his beatification. In 1989, during the course of a major renovation of the shrine, the body of the saint was clothed in a set of modern vestments cut in the Gothic style.[1] On December 27, 2007, the body received a new mask and clad with a set of high-quality traditional Roman vestments, including a laced alb, stole, maniple, episcopal gloves, and traditional Roman fiddleback chasuble. The Cardinal Archbishop of Philadelphia, Justin Francis Rigali, was present to assist with the vesting.[2]

Fire[edit]

Fire broke out in the lower church May 13, 2009. The pulpit, located inches from the body, was reduced to dust. However, the body of the saint was left intact. The wax covering on his face did not show any signs of heat. The pastor, Fr. Kevin Moley, C.Ss.R. called it a miracle.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brennan, Kathy (9 November 1989). "Saint's Image Beautified Body Of St. John Neumann Gets New Mask & Vestments". Philadelphia Daily News. Retrieved 2014-09-19. 
  2. ^ "New vestments for St. John Neumann mark his feast day". The Catholic Review. 22 January 2008. Retrieved 2014-09-19. 
  3. ^ Chicoine, Christie L. (May 28, 2009). "Fire Singes Shrine". The Catholic Standard & Times. Retrieved 2014-09-19. 

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Coordinates: 39°58′09″N 75°08′42″W / 39.969203°N 75.14505°W / 39.969203; -75.14505