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JohnNot only are there John the Baptist and the apostle John, there’s also St. John Neumann. This Redemptorist priest left his native Bohemia, now the Czech Republic, to go to America to be ordained, and became a naturalized citizen 12 years before his untimely death at the age of 48. As the fourth bishop of Philadelphia, he founded the first Catholic diocesan school system in the United States. This multilingual and frugal priest dedicated his life to education, bringing together Catholic communities, and helping other immigrants. He certainly lived up to the meaning of his name — “God is gracious.”

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