Franciscan Mission Associates (FMA), now in its 57th year of service to the missions of the world, is a spiritually based organization with worldwide mission-helping undertakings. It promotes information about and interest in the missionaries and their people – particularly in the Franciscan Missions of Central America, but also in the inner cities of the United States and Canada as well as every continent in the world.
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John Neumann was an immigrant to our shores destined by God for spiritual success in the united States. Born in Bohemia in 1811, he migrated here as a seminarian and was ordained as a priest for the diocese of New York in 1836.
Later, in 1842, he joined the newly founded American Redemptorist Community where he served as pastor and held offices of major importance.
On March 28, 1852, John Neumann was consecrated bishop of Philadelphia. History recalls him as a pastoral bishop, who nurtured Catholic education, personally cared for the poor and established the Forty Hours Eucharistic Devotion throughout his diocese.