Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, C.Ss.R.

elcome to the official website devoted to the heroic & miraculous life of the “Cheerful Ascetic,” Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, C.Ss.R. (1819-1867). We hope that you will be inspired by this Redemptorist priest, who was beatified by Pope John Paul II in the Solemn Jubilee Year 2000. Father Seelos possessed great mystical gifts due to his intense prayer life. His dedication to ministry with cheerful holiness makes him still an outstanding model for clergy, religious and laity alike. As an itinerant preacher and lifelong friend of the poor and destitute, Seelos was a spiritual father to tens of thousands. Despite his early death at age 48, so profound was his missionary zeal that sickness, persecution, and even the upheaval caused by a civil war could not stop him.

National Seelos Shrine
& The Seelos Center

919 Josephine Street
New Orleans
LA 70130

(504) 525-2495
(504) 525-2499

(504) 581-9181

Mon-Fri: 9am-3pm
Sat: 10am-3:30pm
Sun: Closed

Email Executive Director
Fr. Harry Grile C.Ss.R.


Ministry of the Redemptorists of the Denver Province

Member of the National Association of Shrine & Pilgrimage Apostolate (NASPA)

Latest News and Updates

Now available

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Eli's Reach: A Family's Journey from Fear to Faith


Our Mother of Perpetual Help: 150th Jubilee

Daniel Brooks' pain-ridden life changed after dream and 9-hour prayer to Blessed Father Seelos

Seelos Shrine Promo for 2012/13 Year of Faith (Windows version)

Seelos Shrine Promo for 2012/13 Year of Faith (Mac version)

Optional Seelos Memorial Mass Text & Office of Readings

Heibel Case Closure Statement (Nov 2011)

Official Seelos Feast Day Liturgical Texts

We Have Moved! New Seelos Welcome Center Opens

Seelos' Top 10 Guide to Holiness

Important Information about Relics

New Seelos Events Photo Gallery

New PDF Charitable Giving Forms

Catholic Shrines of New Orleans Brochure (PDF)

Exclusive Online Specials!
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New Items in Gift Shop

* Praying the Way of the Cross CD featuring Liam Neeson

* Bob & Penny Lord DVD on Blessed Seelos

Seelos Gifts of Distinction

Death Where Is Your Sting?
Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, C.Ss.R. & His Edifying Encounter with Yellow Fever

Seelos: Tireless Intercessor
Long-awaited Seelos DVD documentary now available -- SALE!

Sincerely Seelos
New book containing 201 letters written by Fr. Seelos now available! (NEW)

Sample Writings from Book (NEW)

Seelos Center News

Download/View Newsletter (January 2017)

Subscribe to Monthly Newsletter

Seelos Hospital Blesser Contact List (Updated September 1, 2016)

Seelos Healing Mass Photos

"Death, Where Is Your Sting?"  Animated Videos Courtesy of Michael O'Connor

New Seelos Video on Youtube


View a new 6-plus minute video on Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, C.Ss.R.


Seelos Video on YouTube

View a 7-plus minute video on Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, C.Ss.R., with over 26,000+ hits.


Listen to Seelos Podcast
(25.2 MB mp3 file -- 27.5 min)


Seelos on Gloria TV (Tour of St. Mang, Füssen, Germany)


Seelos Devotional Statues Now Available


Seelos: The Cumberland Years -- Now Available!

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The Little Way of Faithfulness -- Now available in print & Kindle format!

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