John Neumann was the first male American citizen to be canonized. He was a native of Europe, trying to become a priest in Bohemia. There was an abundance of priests, so in 1836 John made his way to New York, where there were only 36 priests for the nearly 200,000 Catholics in the states of New York and New Jersey. He settled in Buffalo and helped build dozens of churches and almost one hundred schools.
b.3/28/1811 Prachititz, Bohemia d.1/5/1860 Philadelphia, PA.
Patronage: Catholic education
Feast Day: January 5