“Oh, come without fear or trembling! I promise to receive you with all gentleness.”

Portrait of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos

Preacher, Miracle Worker, Friend

The heroic and miraculous religious life of the “Cheerful Ascetic” Redemptorist Father Francis Xavier Seelos, C.Ss.R. (1819-1867) inspires legions of the clergy, religious, laity and specifically those seeking a miracle of healing throughout the world.

Beatified by Pope John Paul II in 2000, Fr. Seelos possessed great mystical gifts due to his life of intense prayer and penance. His innate kindness, understanding and dedication to the needs of the faithful from all walks of life makes him an outstanding model for those in religious life and laity alike. As a missionary preacher and lifelong friend of the poor and destitute, Seelos was a spiritual father to tens of thousands, giving counsel and hearing the confessions of all who came to him. Despite his untimely death at age 48, so profound was his apostolic zeal that sickness, persecution, and even the upheaval caused by civil war could not stop him.

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Praise & Thanksgiving

I visited the Seelos Center to pray for my daughter who was diagnosed with Stage lV uterine cancer. She had surgery to remove what they could. On a followup visit, her surgeon told her there was no sign of cancer. I give credit to Fr. Seelos and the wonderful priest that prayed with me that day. My daughter has returned to work and is perfectly fine.

My mom was suffering from shingles for two weeks. I used Fr. Seelos’ holy oil and placed it where it hurt her the most, touched it with the card that holds a piece of his burial cloth, prayed from one of the cards, and asked Fr. Seelos for intercession. I left the house to run a few errands. When I returned 5 hours later, my mom said she felt great soon after I left—she was no longer bedridden! Praise Jesus and thank you, Blessed Seelos, for your intercession!

My nephew was born with several medical issues and spent days in the NICU. He was not expected to survive. I made a trip to the Seelos Shrine and spent the day praying for healing for my nephew. The next day, he showed some improvement. Each day since my visit with Fr. Seelos, more good news on his recovery. I believe through the intercession of Fr. Seelos my nephew is getting better and stronger each day.