OUR MISSION, HISTORY & PATRON

of ground purchased from the Sisters of St. Francis of Glen Riddle, a religious order founded by Bishop Neumann in 1855.

             On August 20, 1967, the first Mass was celebrated in the new church.  The school, with a student body of 153, opened September 6, 1967.

             One year before the parish was founded, Pope Paul VI beatified John Neumann. Beatification permitted public devotion to John Neumann, and so our parish could take the name of Blessed John Neumann. The story of his canonization is told on this page.

             Many of the parish families have good memories and wonderful associations with the history of the Church of Philadelphia and its saintly bishop.  The founding and naming of this parish under the patronage of St. John Neumann has made those stories even more memorable.

             In 1978, Monsignor James Meehan became administrator and eventually pastor of the parish. When Monsignor Meehan retired in 2002, he was replaced by Reverend James McKeaney who continues as Pastor to the present.

            In June, 2013 the Parish opened its new Life Center that expanded the school, added meeting rooms and a new gym. This expansion showed the commitment of the parishioners to the life of the parish.

            In June 2017 Monsignor Michael Matz was assigned as the Pastor. Monsignor had been a resident at the parish when he was Principal of Archbishop Carroll High School.

             Upon the death of Bishop Neumann, his New Year’s resolution was found in his coat pocket:  “Live each day as though it were you last.”  If you are looking for a formula for holiness, you need go no further than this.

Our prayer is that the Holy Spirit continues to guide this parish and empower each of us to share our faith with future generations as past generations have shared with us.

Parish History

 

             In 1964, Archbishop John Krol established this parish to serve the people of Main Line Delaware County.  Many of you may recall those early years with Father Edward Murphy as pastor, celebrating Mass at St. Aloysius Academy gymnasium.  In time, with great hope and enthusiasm, Father Murphy and parishioners turned the first spade of earth for the new parish buildings on 10 acres

Parish Mission Statement

As a Roman Catholic community excited about our faith, we are called to continue the mission of Jesus Christ.  With a spirit of hospitality, and ever aware of our imperfections, we humbly serve the needs of others, especially the poor and the infirm.  Through the example of our patron, Saint John Neumann, we strive to use our time talent, and treasure, to reach out to others, to share what we have, to sanctify our world and to reflect in our living, the love of Jesus.