The first American man and the first American bishop (he became a citizen) to be canonized, the quiet priest accomplished an astounding amount of work in his relatively short life. Just for openers, he:
- Build 50 churches
- Opened nearly 100 Catholic Schools
- Learned and spoke twelve languages fluently to cater to European immigrants to the U.S.
- Wrote two catechisms
- Promulgated the 40 hours devotion to the Blessed Sacrament in the U.S.
He's buried in a parish church in Philadelphia, where you can find more interesting and inspiring facts about this saint.
Prayer of Saint John Neumann:
“How much I love You, O my Jesus! I wish to love You with my whole heart; yet I do not love You enough. My lack of devotion and my negligence still haunt me. I have one desire, that of being near You in the Blessed Sacrament. You are the sweet bridegroom of my soul. My Jesus, my love, my all, gladly would I endure hunger, thirst, heat, and cold to remain always with you in the Blessed Sacrament."