Nov 21, 2005

B. Francisci Xaverii Seelos, CSsR

My best friend, Justin Reany, has procured for me a 1st class relic of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos. I'd like to take this opportunity to promote the cause of his canonization and recommend his devotion to all of you. His feast day is October 5.
Blessed Francis X. Seelos, C.S.s.R. arrived in America in 1843. Having studied for the priesthood in Germany, he asked to be admitted to the Redemptorists with a view to future work in America. He was ordained in 1844. Three years after ordination he was appointed Master of Novices and spent one-third of his priestly life training future priests. In 1860 the Bishop of Pittsburgh wanted Fr. Seelos to be his successor. Fr. Seelos asked to remain a humble priest and his request was granted.
He was then stationed in Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Annapolis, Cumberland (MD), Detroit, New Orleans. He preached missions and retreats throughout most of what was then the United States. Transferred to New Orleans in 1866, he contracted yellow fever and died October 4, 1867. Many miracles are attributed to his intercession both during his life and after his death.
His kindness and zeal attracted many people to the sacraments. He was a man of joy and deep prayer, and extraordinary devotion to fulfilling the will of God. His life and virtues have been approved by the Church as heroic and he has been declared Blessed, the final step before canonization. You are kindly urged to pray for his canonization.

The Seelos Center
2030 Constance Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 525-2495
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O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer,let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heartbe pleasing in Your sight.I offer praise to You for the grace You have bestowedon Your humble missionary, Father Francis Xavier SeelosMay I have the same joyful vigorthat Father Seelos possessed during his earthly lifeto love You deeply and live faithfully Your gospel. Amen.
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