American saints and the Eastern Province
At the beginning of this New Year, 2013, we celebrate the feast of two American Saints. Both are religious, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Sister of Charity and St. John Neumann, a Redemptorist priest and Bishop. Both had a relationship with the Congregation. Elizabeth Seton adapted the rule of the Daughters of Charity for her Congregation and Bishop John Neumann was Bishop during the earliest days of the confreres arrival in Philadelphia.
As we make resolutions for this New Year, they both serve as models for us in living the Christian life. Elizabeth Ann was a wife, a mother of five, a widow, and foundress of a Congregation of Sisters. She exemplifies a life of generosity and service.
John Neumann was filled with evangelical zeal and gave himself to the task of sharing the Good News without measure. He worked throughout the North East and Western New York often traveling church to church on horseback.
May 2013 find us recommitted to living the Christian life with the generosity manifested in the lives of Saints Elizabeth Seton and John Neumann.