We Celebrate the Memorial of St. John Neumann
Today’s donation goes to the Cardinal Newman Society. Yes, he’s a different Newman but Blessed Cardinal Newman wrote the Idea of a University and St. John Neumann created the Catholic school system in Baltimore so we thought it was a good match.
Founded in 1993, the mission of The Cardinal Newman Society is to help renew and strengthen Catholic identity in Catholic higher education.
The Society seeks to fulfill its mission by assisting and supporting education that is faithful to the teaching and tradition of the Catholic Church; producing and disseminating research and publications on developments and best practices in Catholic higher education; advising students, alumni, trustees, campus officials, faculty and others engaged in renewing and strengthening the Catholic identity of Catholic colleges and universities and Church-affiliated ministries at non-Catholic colleges and universities; and studying and promoting the work of our patron, John Henry Cardinal Newman, especially as it relates to Catholic higher education and the unity of faith and reason.
In America it isn’t easy being Catholic. Christmas always makes this particularly obvious as we’re bombarded things we must buy, movies we must see and parties we must attend. Even the best in our culture would have us believe that the true meaning of Christmas is spending time with family. The belief in America as the land of opportunity has often been twisted into the idea that America is the place for me to live my life and further my material interests.But this was not the belief of early Americans and it was certainly not the belief of our American saints. To the American saints, providing opportunities was even more important than seeking opportunity. Not only in the Jesuit missions of the north east or the Franciscan mission of the south west, but also in the large and small cities, the Gospel was spread to those who would hear it, the sick and the poor were tended to, and the uneducated were educated.
January 5th is the feast of St. John Nepomucene Neumann. John was born March 28, 1811 in what is now the Czech Republic. Even at a young age he was a talented student and it was no surprise that he was accepted into seminary despite great competition. When it was time for John to be ordained his bishop died and all ordinations were canceled. Unwilling to give up his vocation he traveled to New York where the diocese was in dire need of priests. He was soon ordained and sent to Williamsville, NY where he tended to the spiritual needs of over a hundred German speaking families. Not satisfied with helping just local Catholics, Fr. Neumann started saying Masses in the frontier towns, traveling the countryside with candles and a chalice on his back.
Read more about St. John Neumann.
Here are the rest of the Twelve Days of Christmas and the donation recipients we have decided on.
Dec 26: St. Stephen – our local Serra Club (Catholic vocation club)
Dec 27: St. John the Evangelist – SQPN
Dec 28: Holy Innocents – our local crisis pregnancy center
Dec 29: Thomas Becket – Mind Your Head Coop
Dec 30: Holy Family – C-FAM
Dec 31: St. Sylvester – Catholics United for the Faith
Jan 1: Solemnity of Mary – Rosary Army
Jan 2: Holy Name of Jesus – All for the Glory of God Ministries
Jan 3: St. Basil – Aid to the Church in Need
Jan 4: St. Elizabeth Anne Seton – Missionaries of the Poor
Jan 5: St. John Neumann – Cardinal Newman Society