After studying, in Germany, to become a Roman Catholic priest, Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos emigrated to the United States of America in 1843 A.D.
He asked to be accepted as a Redemptorist with the hope of working to serve the people in America. He was accepted and ordained in 1844.
He spent a third of his priestly vocation training seminarians.
He served in Baltimore, MD, Pittsburgh, PA, Annapolis, MD, Cumberland, MD, Detroit, MI, and New Orleans, LA.
He spread the faith by preaching through much of what was then part of the United States and he gave numerous retreats.
In 1866 he was transferred to New Orleans and was infected with yellow fever and died on 4 October 1867.
Many miracles have been attributed to his intercession before and after his immortal soul was ‘dis-infused from his temporal body.’
He was kind, zealous, joyful, prayerful, virtuous and had an outstanding devotion to fulfill the will of God.
Through his tireless efforts, many souls were attracted to the sacraments and countless souls were saved that may have otherwise been lost.
The Roman Catholic Church has declared this individual “Blessed,” the penultimate step in being declared a “Saint.”
Following is an approved prayer that may be recited to petition God, if it be according to His holy will, to have the Church declare Blessed Father Francis Xavier Seelos, C.Ss.R. a Saint.
Prayer For The Intercession of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos
O my God, I truly believe Thou art present with me. I adore Thy limitless perfections. I thank Thee for the graces and gifts Thou hast given to Father Seelos. If it is Thy holy will, please let him be declared a saint of the Church so that others may know and imitate his holy life. Through his prayers please give me this favor [here mention your special intention].
[Note: Please report favors received to: Seelos Welcome Center, 919 Josephine St., New Orleans, LA, 70130, (504) 525-2495 www. seelos.org]