National Shrine of Saint John Neumann Is Getting Remodeled

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The national shrine of Saint John Neumann in Northern Liberties is getting a new look. Home of the first male American born Roman catholic Saint, the shrine of Saint John Neumann is gearing up for World Meeting family visitors in September.

“I am really looking forward to the completion of this project. It’s been a long time coming. A lot of hard work by a lot of people and hopefully it ends up being a great event in September,” Dan Jost said, owner of DJ Architecture, LLC.

Renovation project leaders Dan Jost, Eric Hafer and Father Alfred Bradley are preparing for a potential visit from Pope Francis.  Pope John Paul the Second visited the shrine in 1979.

“The week of the world meeting of families we literally have thousands of people already scheduled to come here for masses. Bishops and archbishops, clergyman from all over the United States are bringing pilgrims to the shrine,” Father Alfred Bradley said, the director of the National Shrine of Saint John Neumann.

The shrine will also have updated handicap accessible areas to give visitors a more comfortable place to visit and pray.

“I think it is a magnificent edition. It respect the architectural integrity of what was and it provides a modern very beautiful environment in which pilgrims can walk and feel a sense of tranquility especially in the middle of the inner city,” Father Alfred Bradley said.

The completion of the shrine is set for the beginning of August.

By: David Grzybowski/ PHL17

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