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Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos
Birth and Baptism Seelos was born on January 11, 1819 in Fussen, Bavaria, Germany. He was baptized on the same day in the parish church of St. Mang.
Seminarian Having expressed a desire for the priesthood since childhood, he entered the diocesan seminary in 1842 after having completed his studies in philosophy. He was 23 years old.
Redemptorists Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer Soon after meeting the missionaries of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists), founded for the evangelization of the most abandoned, he decided to enter the Congregation.
German Immigrant He wanted to minister to the German speaking immigrants in the United States. He was accepted by the Redemptorist Congregation on November 22, He sailed the following year from Le Havre, France arriving in New York on April 20, 1843.
LeHarve, France, New York, U.S.A. Le Havre
Ordained On December 22, 1844, after having completed his novitiate and theological studies, Seelos was ordained a priest in the Redemptorist Church of St. James in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.
St. Philomena Pastor After being ordained, he worked for nine years ( ) in the parish of St. Philomena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, first as assistant pastor with St. John Neumann, the superior of the Religious Community, and later as Superior himself and for the last three years as pastor.
Seelos and St. Neumann During this time, he was also the Redemptorist Novice Master. With St.John Neumann he dedicated himself to preaching missions. Regarding their relationship, Seelos said: “He has introduced me to the active life” and, “he has guided me as a spiritual director and confessor.”
Seelos and Neumann Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos St John Neumann
Confessor His availability and innate kindness in understanding and responding to the needs of the faithful, quickly made him well known as an expert confessor and spiritual director, so much so that people came to him even from neighboring towns.
Redemptorist Faithful to the Redemptorist charism, he practiced a simple lifestyle and a simple manner of expressing himself.
Preacher The themes of his preaching, rich in biblical content, were always heard and understood even by everyone, regardless of education, culture, or background.
Seelos' Practical Guide to Holiness 1. Go to Mass with deepest devotion. 2. Spend a half hour to reflect upon your main failing & make resolutions to avoid it. 3. Do daily spiritual reading for at least 15 minutes, if a half hour is not possible. 4. Say the rosary every day. 5. Also daily, if at all possible, visit the Blessed Sacrament; and toward evening, meditate on the Passion of Christ for a half hour.
Seelos' Practical Guide to Holiness 6. Conclude the day with evening prayer & an examination of conscience over all the faults & sins of the day. 7. Every month make a review of the month in confession. 8. Choose a special patron every month & imitate that patron in some special virtue. 9. Precede every great feast with a novena, that is, nine days of devotion. 10. Try to begin & end every activity with a “Hail Mary.”
Instructor A constant endeavor in this pastoral activity was instructing the little children in the faith. He not only favored this ministry, he held it as fundamental for the growth of the Christian community in the parish.
1854, 1857, 1862 He was transferred from Pennsylvania to Maryland Baltimore in 1854, then Cumberland in 1857, and to Annapolis in He engaged in parish ministry and served in the formation of future Redemptorists a Prefect of Students.
Pastor Even in this post, he was true to his character remaining always the kind and happy pastor, prudently attentive to the needs of his students and conscientious of their doctrinal formation.
Teacher Above all, he strove to instill in these future Redemptorist missionaries the enthusiasm, the spirit of sacrifice and apostolic zeal for the spiritual and temporal welfare of the people.
Bishop of Pittsburgh In 1860 while assigned to a parish in Cumberland, Maryland, he was proposed as a candidate for the office of Bishop of Pittsburgh. He asked to be excused!
Itinerant Missionary Having been excused from this responsibility by Pope Pius IX, from 1863 until 1866 he dedicated himself to the life of an itinerant missionary.
Itinerant Missionary Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos began preaching in English and German in the states of Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.
New Orleans, Louisiana After a brief period of parish ministry in Detroit, Michigan, he was assigned in 1866 to the Redemptorist community in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Church of St.Mary of the Assumption Here also, as pastor of the Church of St. Mary of the Assumption, he was known as a pastor who was joyously available to his faithful and singularly concerned for the poorest and the most abandoned.
September 1867 In God’s plan, however, his ministry in New Orleans was destined to be brief. In the month of September, exhausted from visiting and caring for the victims of yellow fever, he contracted the dreaded disease.
October 4, 1867 After several weeks of patiently enduring his illness, he passed on to eternal life on October 4, 1867, at the age of 48 years and 9 months.
Blessed His Holiness Pope John Paul II, proclaimed Father Seelos Blessed in St. Peter's Square on April 9th of the Solemn Jubilee Year His Feast Day is October 5.
Blessed Tapestry The artist commissioned by the Redemptorists for the official Seelos portrait was Giuseppe Antonio Lomuscio of Italy. The original oil painting and the tapestry are housed at the National Shrine of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos in St. Mary's Assumption Church, New Orleans, LA.