New museum honors Philadelphia's St. John Neumann

Neumann Museum
Photo credit Mark Abrams | KYW Newsradio

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- A new museum telling the life story of Philadelphia's first saint is opening this week in North Philadelphia.

The Saint John Neumann Museum is located near 5th Street and Girard Avenue inside a new building adjacent to the shrine which holds the saint's remains.

Pat Hayes is the archivist for the Remptorist Fathers who played a large role in organizing the museum. He says a baptismal font at the beginning of the tour is a critical first stop.

He says during his short tenure, much was accomplished.

Neumann died of a heart attack at the age of 49 in 1860. He was canonized a saint in 1977 by Pope John Paul II.