St. John Neumann: His Writings and Spirituality


288 pages

Saint John Neumann: His Writings and Spirituality is the great story of a poor immigrant who rose from priest to bishop and became known for his spirituality, patience, and service. He was the first canonized male saint from the United States, laid the foundation of the Catholic school system in the United States, and introduced the Forty Hours devotion. This book will provide a fresh determination and devotion to your personal prayer and reflection.



“Father Richard Boever has creatively written a biography of St. John Neumann in the first person, as if the saint were speaking to the reader. This book invites each of us to accompany St. John Neumann along his path of faithful discipleship, deepening our own commitment of discipleship in living out our unique vocation in Christ.” — Cardinal Justin Rigali

The author, Father Richard Boever, C.Ss.R., has been in Catholic ministry since 1974. During that time he has served as a parish priest and pastor in St. Louis and Chicago, taught theology at Newman University and St. Louis University, served as a university chaplain, and served as director of Redemptorist formation for the pre-novitiate program. He also held various positions at Liguori Publications, including president and publisher, and he was retreat director at Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. In 1983, he received a doctorate in historical theology from St. Louis University and wrote his dissertation on “The Spirituality of Saint John Neumann.”