Approximately 400 students, from parochial and Catholic high schools across the Archdiocese, are scheduled to participate in a prayer service in celebration of the 200th birthday of St. John Neumann at 10 a.m. Monday, March 28 at the National Shrine of St. John Neumann, located in the lower church of St. Peter the Apostle, 1019 N. Fifth St. in North Philadelphia.

Catholics across the Archdiocese are invited to attend the celebration. Additionally, the prayer service will be streamed live via the archdiocesan Web site,

This past Jan. 5, St. John Neumann’s feast day, marked the official opening of the Neumann Jubilee Year in commemoration of the 200th birth of St. John Neumann on March 28. The Neumann Jubilee Year officially closes June 23, 2012.

— CS&T Staff Writer Christie L. Chicoine