St. John Neumann
Although St. John was not born in America, he is considered an American saint because of his extensive missionary work in New York and Pennsylvania. Born in 1811, he moved to America in 1836 as a young priest. St. John built 100 churches and 80 schools and established a diocese-run Catholic school system that is still in use today. Consecrated as the Bishop of Philadelphia in 1852, he related well to the people of the area with his ability to speak eight languages, along with a great sense of humor and genuine humility. St. John’s feast day is celebrated on January 5th. He is the patron saint of sick children and immigrants.
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