He spoke 7 modern languages.
He introduced the devotion of 40 hours in his parish.
He wrote newspaper articles and two catechisms.
He came to the United States as a missionary from his native Bohemia (now Czechoslovakia.)
He died this day in 1860 walking in the snow on a street in Philadelphia performing his regular duties as Bishop.
He is St. John Neumann
"Everyone who breathes, high and low, educated and ignorant, young and old, man and woman, has a mission, has work. We are not sent into this world for nothing; we are not born at random...God see every soul, He lodges it in the body, one by one, for a purpose, He needs, He deigns to need, every one of us. He has an end for each of us; we are all equal in His sight, and we are placed in our different ranks and stations, not to get what we can out of them for ourselves, but to labour in them for Him. As Christ has his work, we too have ours; as He rejoiced to do His work, we must rejoice in ours also." --St John Neumann