“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

Fourteen years ago, I had thyroid cancer. I was told I would need surgery. They removed the nerve to my right vocal cord as well as a modified neck dissection. I should not have a voice and should have had additional surgeries. Through the intercession of Blessed Seelos, I have been cancer free for fourteen years and I have a normal voice. Thank you Blessed Seelos for your intercession. I am healed!

My son, Charlie, was diagnosed at birth with Pachygyria of the brain, confirmed by MRI results and a radiologist report. While Charlie was in the NICU, we obtained a relic of Blessed Seelos and prayed for his intercession. Several months later he underwent a second MRI and the results showed that he was miraculously healed. We firmly believe that Blessed Seelos interceded on our behalf. Our son is now 6 years old and perfectly healthy.

Several months ago, my sister was in danger of losing access to her lifesaving medication. I prayed to Blessed Seelos for guidance and within 24 hours my sister had access to her medication. Thank you, Blessed Seelos, for granting my request.