Blessed Francis Seelos miracle?

From the Baltimore Sun last week:SeelosSeatedBrievary

Archdiocese to investigate alleged miracle

19th century priest could be canonized a saint

By Matthew Hay Brown

Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien commissioned a panel of experts on Tuesday to investigate the allegedly miraculous healing of an Annapolis woman through the intercession of a 19th-century Baltimore cleric.

Mary Ellen Heibel, a parishioner of St. Mary Catholic Church in Annapolis, says prayers to Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos led to the healing of her metastasized esophageal cancer, according to the Archdiocese of Baltimore. If accepted as miraculous by Rome, such a cure could lead to his canonization as a saint.

O’Brien commissioned the five-member panel at the request of the Redemptorist order, to which Seelos belonged. The members include the archdiocesan judicial vicar, a canon lawyer and the chief of surgery at Mercy Medical Center, each of whom swore an oath of office during Mass on Tuesday at the Baltimore Basilica.

Source (which continues) here.  More on the Mass and the alleged miracle here.

Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos was born in Germany in 1819.  He joined the Redemptorist order and soon came to the U.S. in 1843.  He was ordained a priest in Baltimore the following year.  He worked in Pittsburgh for 9 years (for a while as assistant pastor to St. John Neumann!), then Baltimore, Cumberland, and Annapolis.  After having himself excused by the Pope from a proposed appointment as Bishop of Pittsburgh, Francis became an itinerate preacher on a tour which took him to  Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.  After that he served as a pastor in Detroit, and finally lived the last months of his life as a pastor in New Orleans!   The guy knew America.

Seelos was beatified by John Paul II in 2000. 

Great site loaded with information on him here.

Hopefully canonization will come and we’ll have more reason to talk about him here.


3 Responses to “Blessed Francis Seelos miracle?”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Dear blessed F Seelos, please cure Lydia from her cancer that has spread. May another miracle be granted.

  2. Amy and Lydia Says:

    Dear blesed F.Seelos, we met two ladies at an adoration of the blessed sacrament. they held a relic of yours, a peice of cloth that belonged to father seelos. me and my daughter lydia, pray you to interviene on Timothys behalf to Jesus, that he may be healed in some way. timothy is 16 months old and has microcephaly. he cant walk, sit up or crawl. and his sight is not good. we pray for a miracle of some sort for our timothy. Please blessed Seelos, please hear our prayer for our beloved Timothy. thank you. God bless you.

  3. Myke Rosenthal-English Says:

    An excellant example for the young people of today.His love and devotion to Christ shines through especially when he heard confessions.Lets pray that many who feel they have not sinned ,but are in real need of this Sacrament,will avail themselves of it.May Blessed Seelos intecede for them with Our Divne Lord so that the grace will be given to change their hearts and minds from stubborness and pride to repentance and humility.

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