“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

In 2012, my 20-year-old son fell out of the bed of a pickup truck and suffered a traumatic brain injury. He was taken into surgery that lasted six hours and the doctor told me he had a 10% chance of surviving. After surgery, a friend blessed my son with a Seelos relic. He spent only 10 days in the hospital and doctors and nurses were amazed by his progress. Now at 31, he is a father and a civil engineer. I believe that Fr. Seelos interceded for my son.

I have prayed to Blessed Seelos for many years. When an X-ray and C-scan showed a spot on my right lung and the PET scan lit up, I turned again to Blessed Seelos for help. After 2 lung biopsies the results are no cancer. Thank you, Blessed Seelos, for your intercession!

I had a stem cell transplant in 2020. I visited the Shrine for prayer with the relic and the pastor prayed with me and my husband. Praise God! I’m cancer free and my health is great! Thanks be to God! God is faithful! Thank you Blessed Seelos.