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Bishop John Neumann Beatification and Canonization

Identifier: MC 109

Scope and Contents

This collection contains material covering the Beatification and Canonization of Bishop John Neumann. Dating from the opening of the cause in 1886 through his Canonization.

Series I contains correspondence relating to Neumann's second and third miracles, as well as plans for his Beatification and Canonization.

Series II contains correspondence and meeting minutes realted to building a statue in honor of Neumann.

Series III contains material pertaining to the celebrations of Neumann's Beatification and Canonization, as well as his third miracle.

Series IV contains Vatican documents and witness testimony relating to Neumann's miracles and virtues.

Servies V contains Liturgy Committee material for the Canonization.

Servies VI contains sessions on Neumann's Cause starting in 1886 as well as material on the exhuming of his body.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1959 - 1977
  • Creation: 1886 - 1980

Biographical / Historical

Bishop John Nepomucene Neumann was born on March 28, 1811 in Bohemia. He became Bishop of Philadelphia in 1852 and remained so until his death in 1860. His cause for Canonization formally began in May of 1886. He would be Beatified on October 13, 1963 and Canonized on June 19,1977.


8.4 Linear Feet (; 20 Boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection contains material covering the cause fo rBishop John Neumann's Beatification and Canonization.


Accession 1990.124 was already processed, likely done by seminarians at an earlier time, which may have resulted in a change in the original order; however, the order it was found was left largely intact.

Custodial History

Accession numbers: 1990.124; 1990.125; 1990.126; 1990.283; 1997.006; 2010.061

Processing Information

A folder of Archbishop James Wood correspondence was removed from AC 2010.061 and placed with the Wood collection.

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Repository Details

Part of the Catholic Historical Research Center of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Repository

6719 Calvert Street
Philadelphia PA 19149