“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

My husband and I tried unsuccessfully to have a child for many years and were told by doctors that we would never have a biological child due to infertility. After praying to Fr. Seelos, our medical procedure was successful and we became pregnant. We were blessed with a strong, healthy baby. A year later, we were blessed with a healthy second child. After years of despair, overcoming infertility was nothing short of a miracle and we believe praying to Fr. Seelos helped us overcome this heartbreaking condition with divine intervention.

My 79-year-old husband went to cut trees down on our property. Before he left the house I stopped him and prayed for Blessed Seelos’ intercession to protect him. He ended up falling 10 feet off the ladder but the only injury he sustained was a cut to his knee and some bruising. I thank Blessed Seelos for protecting my husband, who is a faithful Seelos devotee.

At 11 years old, my daughter Amelia had to have emergency surgery to remove a tumor from her right ovary. The doctor said it may be cancer and that he may have to remove her ovary and fallopian tube. I immediately anointed her with Fr. Seelos oil, pinned his relic on her gown and prayed asking him to intercede for healing. When she came out of surgery the doctor said there was no cancer and he was able to save her ovary. Thank you Jesus and Fr. Seelos.