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Angela Hill interviews Mary Ellen Heibel

Read the article by George P. Matysek Jr. in the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s CATHOLIC REVIEW

Development in the Seelos Canonization Cause

US Bishops approve optional Seelos memorial

11/1/2010 Update

Development in the seelos canonization cause

It was with great delight & glory to God that on May 19, 2009, Most Reverend Edwin F. O’Brien, Archbishop of Baltimore, convoked the Opening Session of the Diocesan Inquiry into an alleged healing through the intercession of Bl. Francis Seelos. Episcopal Delegate, Rev. Gilbert Seitz, J.C.L. of the Baltimore Archdiocesan Metropolitan Tribunal and his Inquiry Panel Officials exercised the greatest diligence and commitment in gathering all of the proofs and documentation. Then, on September 21, 2010, Fathers John Vargas & Byron Miller, Redemptorist Vice Postulators, convened in Baltimore to inspect the Acts, and determined the Inquiry to be comprehensive and thorough, with no further proofs to submit or witnesses to propose. The results of this investigation have now been sent to the Congregation of the Causes of the Saints in Rome, thus completing the Diocesan Inquiry phase of the canonization process. At some point in the near future, the case will undergo proper scrutiny by Vatican authorities. Let us intensify our prayers that this case will be accepted as the miracle to canonize Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos!


7/8/2009 Update

Mark Your Calendars: Seelos Memorial Mass

Sunday, October 4, 2009 at 1:00p.m. in St. Mary's Assumption Church.

Seelos Benefit Gala - Sunday, October 4, 2009 at 5:30 p.m. at the Audubon Tea Room.

Please contact the Seelos Center for details.

12/29/2007 Update

Seelos documentary airs on EWTN in January 2008

  • "Seelos: Tireless Intercessor" will be broadcasted on the Eternal Word Television Network at these times:
  • Saturday, January 12, 8:00PM
  • Sunday, January 13, 2:00AM
  • Thursday, January 17, 1:00PM
  • All showings in Eastern Standard Time (US)
  • The documentary is broadcasted in other places around the globe as many as four times in January including the UK, Ireland, Europe, Africa, and South Asia.  Check for local listings.

10/20/2007 Update

Mark your calendars!  NEW TIME for Seelos Masses in 2008.

  • Seelos Birthday Healing Mass: Sunday January 13, 2008 at 1PM
  • Seelos Day in New Orleans Mass: Sunday April 27, 2008 at 1PM (Luncheon following)
  • Seelos Memorial Feast Day Mass: Sunday October 5, 2008 at 1PM (and Evening Gala)

All Masses at St. Mary's Assumption Church

Latest Updates 11/17/2006

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

This book is a tender account of Father Seelos' final weeks of life as told primarily by those who witnessed his heroic death. Seldom revealed details surrounding his encounter with yellow fever transport us to the bedside of a true martyr.

Hardcover, 175-pages with photos; edited by Byron Miller, C.Ss.R.

Seelos: Tireless Intercessor, a professional 68-minute video documenting the life and spirituality of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, and detailing many of the miracles attributed to his intercessory prayers, is available before Christmas!

Latest Updates 2/9/2006

Director Emeritus Of Father Seelos Center Dies
Father Joseph D. Elworthy, Redemptorist (1915-2006)

Father Joseph D. Elworthy, C.Ss.R., a Redemptorist for 71 years, died on January 27, 2006, after a long illness. He was ninety years old.
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Latest Updates 11/01/2005

All Saints Day
1 November 2005

M-F, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / Sat. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Book Signing
The Book Signing by Author Raymond Arroyo has been re-scheduled for Sunday, December 11, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in St. Mary's Assumption Church / Seelos Museum. A Special Healing Mass & Veneration to Commemorate the Birthday of Father Seelos is scheduled for Saturday, January 14, 2006, at 11:00 a.m. in St. Mary's Assumption Church.

Latest Updates 9/29/2005

29 September 2005

In a month’s time, New Orleans received a one-two punch. Over the weekend, Hurricane Rita attempted any “unfinished business” left behind by Hurricane Katrina. Rita may have loosened a few more shingles off the church roof and a few more limbs off the trees, but the good news is that St. Mary’s Assumption Church & the National Shrine of Blessed Francis Seelos Shrine survived both hurricanes with a minimal amount of damage! The mayor of New Orleans is lifting the mandatory evacuation for the area of the city that includes our neighborhood. We are reportedly allowed to return during the week of October 3. Consequently, the annual SEELOS MEMORIAL MASS and SEELOS GALA, originally scheduled for Sunday, October 2, have been regrettably CANCELLED. We are confident that the city and its people, as well as our church structure, will be in a better position to honor the birthday of Father Seelos in mid-January 2006 with our annual Mass at that time.

The Seelos Center will be open on Monday, October 3, with limited services. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

What about MAIL to the Seelos Center? According to the U.S. Postal Service, our mail since the time of Hurricane Katrina (August 29) is contained at a primary regional post office in Houston. We have been advised to be patient and regular mail service to the Seelos Center will commence within two weeks. At that time, we will process all outstanding requests in the order in which they are received. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The monthly Seelos Center newsletter will keep you abreast of new developments during our long-awaited reentry and rehabilitation.

Whether it is a prayer of gratitude or a prayer of petition, the Shrine remains a peaceful sanctuary of hope and healing for all those in need after the storms. Please come by and let us join our prayers with yours.

Fr. Byron Miller, C.Ss.R.
Seelos Shrine Director

Latest Updates 9/19/2005


To All Concerned Friends of Blessed F. X. Seelos:

On August 29, Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans and the Delta region. The Seelos Center staff members and the Redemptorists safely evacuated the city. St. Mary's Assumption Church had no water damage, but strong winds of this Category 4 hurricane removed one ornamental piece of the bell tower and it knocked out one of the choir loft stairwell windows on the Constance Street side of the church. The National Shrine of Blessed F. X. Seelos and the adjoining Seelos Museum were not affected by the storm. Now, may the church and shrine be spared any possible fires and other dangers resulting in the aftermath of Katrina. We are grateful for all of your prayers, especially for all the people who lost family members in the storm.

The images show a portion of one of the twin towers at St. Alphonsus Art & Cultural Center (across Constance Street from the Church) that landed in the Shrine courtyard.

The book signing by Raymond Arroyo that was scheduled for Sunday, September 25, in St. Mary’s Assumption Church is CANCELLED. At this time, it appears likely that the Seelos Memorial Mass on Sunday, October 2, will be cancelled. The Third Annual Seelos Gala scheduled for Sunday, October 2, at Andrea‘s Restaurant is CANCELLED.

Because the mandatory evacuation by the mayor of New Orleans is still in effect for an unspecified length of time, the Seelos Center is not open. We are presently unable to honor requests for any items at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience, and hope to resume ministry at the Center no later than October 1.

Regarding mail directed to the Seelos Center: We have been assured by the U.S. Post Office that all mail sent to the Seelos Center since the time of Hurricane Katrina is being held in a regional main post office location. Suspension of standard mail delivery in certain zip codes in the greater New Orleans area has been lifted; however, the 70130 zip code is still suspended at this time.

The staff members at the Shrine are anxious to return home to our vital ministry! We will keep you updated on any further developments.

Fr. Byron
Seelos Shrine Director