Why read about a young man prone to vanity, severely tempted to despair and passed over for ordination in his home country? Because he’s America’s first canonized male, St. John Neumann.
2011 is the bicentennial year of his birth.
Redemptorist Father Richard Boever has put together Saint John Neumann: His Writings and Spirituality, the first part of which is a biography in the first person, as if written by the saint himself. Actual words from the writings of St. John Neumann are found in italics throughout the story, and more of them are found in the second part of the book, which includes some of his pastoral and personal letters.
From the time Neumann arrived in America in 1836 to...READ MORE