“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

14-year-old Grant was diagnosed with Galen Malformation, a rare blood vessel abnormality. He had undergone 16 surgeries and had suffered two strokes. Grant and his family visited the Shrine and prayed with Fr. Gil, a first-class relic and Seelos' mission cross. Two weeks later the surgery team discovered, to their amazement, that there was no need for surgery and no evidence of the vein disorder. Praise God and Blessed Seelos!

I prayed to Fr. Seelos that the enlarged lymph nodes that were found under my daughter’s arm would go away. After a second exam several weeks later the doctor reported there was no sign of the swelling of the lymph nodes that was originally detected. Thank you so much, Fr. Seelos and Jesus Christ!

For the past year, I have been praying to Blessed Francis Seelos for the healing of my mother-in-law who is battling stage IV breast cancer. Last week she received the news that her scans are clear. It is a miracle, and we are grateful to Blessed Seelos and God.