200th Birth Anniversary of St. John Nepomucene Neumann
Budweis (České Budějovice): In connection with the 150th anniversary of his death celebrated in 2010, the Czech Church is commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of St. John Nepomucene Neumann. An overview of the key events follows.
An exhibition entitled "The Life Journey of St. John Nepomucene Neumann" which has been opened on Friday, April 15, 2011 in the cloisters of the Dominican monastery on Piaristické square in Budweis, is to last until May, 27. The edifice will also host a symposium on Life and Work of John N. Neumann organized by the Episcopacy of Budweis in cooperation with the Theological Faculty of the South Bohemian University and the Czech Christian Academy on Wednesday, May 4, 2011.
In Prachatice, the famous native saint will be commemorated, as usual, by "Days of Sacred Music", a yearly festival organized in cooperation with partner towns from Germany and Austria. The concerts will take place on June 2, 6 and 16 at the St. James Church in Prachatice and will be attended by representatives of partner towns.
The celebrations will culminate in the National Pilgrimage in Honour of St. John Nepomucene Neumann on June 18, 2011, which will be attended by the papal legate, cardinal Justin Francis Rigali, archbishop of Philadelphia, and other archbishops and bishops from the Czech Republic and abroad. A solemn divine service will be offered at 10 a.m. at Velké náměstí (Grand Square) in Prachatice. The Czech and Moravian bishops will also hold their regular June plenary assembly of Czech Bishops' Conference in Prachatice on June 16-17.
All events of the 200th anniversary celebrations of the Prachatice native St. John Nepomucene Neumann are to be found on the website of the Episcopacy of Budweis. A short biography of the saint can be found on the website of the Parish of Prachatice.