PARAÑAQUE City, Oct. 26, 2014—All interested Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs)—retired, returnees, and current—as well as their families, are invited to a free event to be held right after the OFW Mass on Oct. 31, Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Grogan Hall, 2nd floor of the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help office, Brgy. Baclaran, Parañaque City.
Dubbed “Neumann Para sa OFW ng Bayan!” the talk will be facilitated by speakers who will discuss the various programs and services the Baclaran Shrine’s St. John Neumann Migrants’ Center has in store for OFWs and their loved ones.
Moreover, an open forum is set in which coordinators and volunteers of the Neumann Center will answer questions concerning migration, living, and working abroad.
A small get-together will be held after the forum.
Interested parties are requested to confirm their attendance by messaging the St. John Neumann Migrants’ Center Facebook page, www.facebook.com/NeumannCenter?fref=ts, or by texting (+63) 917-5458-895.
Meanwhile, the Neumann Center intends to mount the third and last leg of its photo exhibit on Oct. 29, Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Baclaran Shrine compound.
The exhibit, which aims to promote the Center to the public, will feature photos of its various programs, services, and activities catering to OFWs and their families, along with those of the many migrant workers it was able to help over the years.
St. John Neumann, 1811-1860
St. John Nepomucene Neumann, the Center’s patron, was born March 28, 1811 in Prachatice, Bohemia, in what is now the Czech Republic.
Like OFWs, Neumann turned migrant, ending up in the United States where he was ordained a Redemptorist (C.Ss.R.) priest, later becoming the fourth bishop of Philadelphia.
St. John Neumann died from a stroke on Jan. 5, 1860.
He was only 48.
In June 19, 1977, he was raised to the honor of the altar by then Pope Paul VI, becoming the first American prelate to be canonized.
Because of his special attachment to them, Bishop John Neumann is considered the patron saint of sick children and migrants. (Raymond A. Sebastián)