He Spared Himself in Nothing
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He Spared Himself in Nothing - Essays on the Life and Thought of St. John Nepomucene Neumann, C.Ss.R.

Chorpenning, Joseph F.

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Place Published: Philadelphia
Publisher: Saint Joseph's University Press
Date Published: 2003
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780916101442
Book Id: 16


217 pages + introduction and index | 8.75 x 5.75 inches | 22 b/w images


The year 2002 marked a double anniversary for one of Philadelphia's own, St. John N. Neumann, C.Ss.R.: the 25th anniversary of his canonization, and the 150th anniversary of his episcopal ordination as fourth bishop of Philadelphia. This volume of essays on Neumann's intellectual formation, ministry, theology and spirituality commemorates these dual historic occasions. Among the specific topics studied are: Neumann's student years in Prague, his namesake St. John Nepomuk, his ministry as catechist and bishop, his establishment of the 40 Hours Devotion on a diocesan-wide level, his devotion to Mary and St. Joseph, and the reference to Neumann's ordinary and practical sanctity in Vatican II's Dogmatic Constitution on the Church. This book hopes to foster a renewed understanding and appreciation of, as well as stimulate further research on, the only male U.S. citizen to be declared a saint by the Roman Catholic Church.


Joseph F. Chorpenning, O.S.F.S., ed.



List of Illustrations

Introduction - Joseph F. Chorpenning, O.S.F.S.

Part I: Theological and Spiritual Formation

The Several Lives of St. John Nepomuk, A Patron Saint of Bohemia - Paul Shore

John N. Neumann's Student Years in Prague, 1833-1835 - Augustinus Kurt Huber (Translated from German by Raymond H. Schmandt) Reprinted from Records of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia 89 (1978): 3-32.

Building a Foundation of Spirituality: St. John Neumann's European Years - Richard A. Boever, C.Ss.R.

Part II: Ministry

An Accomplished Catechist: John Nepomucene Neumann - Mary Charles Bryce, O.S.B. Reprinted from The Living Light 14 (1977): 327-37.

Blessed John Neumann, C.Ss.R., Pastoral Bishop - Michael J. Curley, C.Ss.R. Reprinted from American Ecclesiastical Review 151 (1964): 167-80.

"The Brightest Jewel in Their Crown": John Neumann and the Establishment of the Forty Hours Devotion in Philadelphia - Joseph C. Linck

Part III: Theology and Spirituality

"No More Powerful Friend Have We with God": The Marian Devotion of St. John Neumann - Thomas A. Thompson, S.M.

"St. Teresa says she never failed to receive whatever she asked of you!": St. Joseph in the Life and Ministry of John N. Neumann, C.Ss.R. - Joseph F. Chorpenning, O.S.F.S.

The Second Vatican Council, 1962-1965, and Bishop Neumann - Alfred C. Rush, C.Ss.R. Reprinted from Records of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia 85 (1974): 123-28.


Notes on Contributors



"Some may be surprised to note that, after citizen saints Frances Cabrini and Elizabeth Seton, Neumann is the first male U.S. citizen to be canonized (1977). This book has eight scholarly essays on his life, ministry, and spiritual life, and even one on St. Jan Nepomuk, his Czech patron, of whom history has convoluted memories that perhaps prefigure complications that our own age knows something about; and there are twenty-two variously fascinating color and black-and-white plates."

Review for Religious


"[This] collection of essays on the life and thought of Saint John Neumann introduces us to the multifaceted person that this beloved priest and bishop was for his flock in the nineteenth century and still is for us today. It is often said of Saint John Neumann that he did the 'ordinary things extraordinarily well.' While this is true, the collection of essays proves that the 'ordinary things' that he did so well were many and varied. Each of the essays exposes us to yet another aspect of the life and ministry of the saint in a manner that [...] expands our knowledge of his person and his efforts on behalf of the church. [...] While many of the essays that form He Spared Himself in Nothing were originally published independently of each other, in their current format they present a synthesis of the life, thought and pastoral activity of Saint John Neumann. Reading them as a group provides one with a fuller picture of this extraordinary priest and bishop."

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