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A PARISHIONER WEBSITE ABOUT BLESSED FRANCIS XAVIER SEELOS

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ST MANG BASILICA FÜSSEN


FATHER RICHARD BOEVER OBITUARY(1 FEB 2024)

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The Diocese of Tucson has published an obituary of Father Richard Boever C.Ss.R.  which can be viewed at https://news.diocesetucson.org/blog/passing-fr-richard-boever-cssr

 

FUNERAL INFORMATION
St. Clement Mission Community Chapel
300 Liguori Dr., Liguori, MO

Vigil
Thursday, February 15, 2024
1900hrs
 
Mass of Resurrection
Friday, February 16, 2024
1000hrs

Burial in Liguori Cemetery



SEELOS FAMILY GRAVE IN NEED OF REPAIR(30 JAN 2024)

The Parents and siblings of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos are buried in the St Sebastian Catholic Graveyard here in Füssen, Germany. Over the years a large amount of ivy has been allowed to grow around the gravestone. Along with other graves in the graveyard due to the extremely heavy snow we experienced this year, the worst in 24 hours for more than 30 years, many trees collapsed and many graves became unstable. Rudolf Eder is an unpaid volunteer who looks after the graveyard on behalf of the Parish. He told Seelos in Füssen that the ivy has become so huge that the cross on top of the grave is in danger of falling down! He explained that it can be very difficult to keep the graveyard safe at times. This winter he has had to arrange for quiet a few graves to be cleared of dangerous and overgrown trees and shrubs and make repairs to the graves themselves. This often upsets relatives who ask why he has done it and he told us that on one occassion he had a letter through his personal letter box accusing him of "murder" for what he had done to make one grave safe!

Sometime in March or April the ivy will be removed completely from the Seelos Family grave and the cross will be repaired and made safe! As Rudolf pointed out to us, "You do not want the cross to fall on a little child,do you?" The Seelos Family Grave had a plaque added in the year 2000 by then Parish Priest Monsignor Karlheinz Knebel which mentions that Blessed Seelos was part of the family buried in the grave.


SEELOS NOVENA NOW AVAILABLE ON THE PRAY CATHOLIC NOVENAS APP(30 JAN 2024)

The Novena to Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos can now be found on the Catholic Novena App in English. It was placed online on the 29th January 2024.

Devin Rose is a Catholic husband and father who converted from atheism through evangelical protestantism. He has written several books and has created several online courses to help Catholics with their faith. He is also a software developer and so he created an app with his neighbour Chad, which is devoted to all different novenas.

It can be found on the iOS and Android App stores or at https://catholicnovenaapp.com/novenas/blessed-francis-xavier-seelos-novena/#answered

The above link goes straight to the Seelos Novena. The App page for more information about Blessed Seelos can be found at https://catholicnovenaapp.com/saints/about-blessed-francis-xavier-seelos/

TO DOWNLOAD THE APP AND SEE ALL THE NOVENAS GO TO https://catholicnovenaapp.com/


FORMER DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL SEELOS SHRINE DEAD(28 JANUARY 2024)

Father Richard Boever C.Ss.R. died 28th January 2024 aged 76

Born 13 May 1947

Died 28 January 2024

MEMORIAL MASS

1500hrs CT  - 2200hrs CET        THURSDAY 1 FEB 2024

ST MARY`S ASSUMPTION CHURCH, NEW ORLEANS

ALSO ON FACEBOOK LIVE

 

Seelos in Füssen remember Father Rich and how he helped us to renew our website, when he was National Director of the National Seelos Shrine, so it had more impact on those seeking to know more about Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos. He recently contacted us and told us that his cancer had got worse and asked us to pray for him. Eternal rest grant to him O Lord, May he rest in peace. Amen

Father Rich visited Füssen 9th & 10th September 2022 leading the `In the Footsteps of Blessed Francis Seelos Pilgrimage`. He was then recovering from an operation for his lung cancer and was extremely weak.

We show a few of the photos of Father Rich during that time.

Father Richard Boever(R) with Michael Porter(L) Board Member of Save the Shrine of St Peter & St Paul, Cumberland where Blessed Seelos was Parish Priest. Myke & Miriam Rosenthal-English in the centre. Miriam translated the Novena to Blessed Seelos into German and Myke runs Seelos in Füssen.

Father Richard Boever C.Ss.R celebrating Mass in St Mang Basilica Choir stools.

Father Rich sitting near the Shrine of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos in Füssen

Father Rich standing by the Seelos Shrine in St Mang Füssen. Father Rich sitting in the Baptistry where Francis Xavier Seelos was Baptised 11th January 1819

Eternal rest grant to him O Lord, May he rest in peace. Amen

Memorial Mass for the Repose of the Soul of Father Richard Boever C.Ss.R. former Director of the Seelos Shrine at St Mary`s  Assumption Church,New Orleans.

 

 


PARISHIONER WHO STARTED BLESSED SEELOS PRAYER GROUP IN DAPHNE,ALABAMA DIES(28 Jan 2024)

Ethel Smith a Parishioner of Christ the King Catholic Church in Daphne,Alabama died aged 85 on Wednesday 24th January 2024. Ethel started the Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos Prazer Group in the Parish.

 

Her Obituary can be found here- https://obits.al.com/us/obituaries/mobile/name/ethel-smith-obituary?id=54214825

Christ the King Catholic Church

Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos Prayer Group

Meets weekly at 0730hrs on Tuesdays or 1100hrs on Thursdays in the Immaculata Center.

https://ctkdaphne.org/blessed-francis-xavier-seelos-prayer-group


NATIONAL SEELOS SHRINE ANNOUNCES BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS FUNDRAISER(11 Jan 2024)

Seelos Birthday Blessings 2024

"Birthday Blessings" Giving Campaign runs from 11th January 2024 till 9th April 2024.Full information can be found at https://seelos.org/birthday-blessings-cc/


MOUNT CARMEL ACADEMY VISIT SEELOS SHRINE IN NEW ORLEANS(10 JAN 2024)


SEELOS BIRTHDAY HEALING MASS (1 JANUARY 2024)


FORMER DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL SEELOS SHRINE ASKS FOR PRAYERS(25 Dec 2023)

Father Rich Boever C.Ss.R. former Director of the National Seelos Shrine in New Orleans has told Seelos in Füssen that his Lung Cancer has returned and that he is very weak.In his message to us on Christmas Day he told us he was now in the Redemptorist Retirement Home in Tuscon,Arizona. He greatly appreciates where he is now living and asks that we "Say a prayer for me".



DIVINE MERCY FOR AMERICA SPOTLIGHT BLESSED FRANCIS XAVIER SEELOS IN THEIR AMERICAN SAINTS SERIES(9 November 2023)



CELEBRATION & HEALING IN FÜSSEN ON BLESSED SEELOS FEAST DAY(5 Oct 2023)

Füssen celebrated the Feast of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos with celebration and healing. Füssen is the only place within the whole of Germany apart from Redemptorist convents and monasteries where his feast is celebrated every 5th October.

Church of Acht Seligkeiten(8 Beatitudes) in west Füssen.

The day kicked of with Holy Mass in Acht Seligkeiten in west Füssen with Holy Mass in honour of Blessed Seelos. This was an historic event as the Seelos Mass will never be celebrated there again as it it is due to be deconsecrated by Bishop Bertram Meier of Augsburg in February 2024, before being demolished to make way for a new kindergarten and new Parish Centre and a smaller Church to serve the west Füssen community.

Our Indian curate, Father Joshi Sebastian MCBS, celebrated the Mass in the Lady Chapel and Helene von Rechenberg played the organ.

The Lady Chapel in Acht Seligkeiten Church,West Füssen,Germany.Picture of Blessed Seelos can be seen to the left of Our Lady.

After Lunch at 1430hrs Father Michael OFM lead the Seelos Healing service.He explained to those present the history of  the Sacrament and the order of service.The service was conducted in Seeloshaus and 13 of those present received the Sacrament of the Sick. The service lasted 45 minutes and included hymns and included praying Psalm 71 (70) and then everyone was asked to say what moved them most in the Psalm. Following the Sacrament of the Sick a hymn of thanksgiving to Our Lady was sung.Our Musical Director, Helene von Rechenberg accompanied everyone on the piano. Father Michael then invited all present to have coffee and cake on the top floor of Seelohaus.The service was appreciated by all who attended and thanks go to our Parish Priest,Father Frank Deuring for arranging the service even though he himself was unable to attend as he was ill.

Franz Xaver Seelos Haus Füssen


BLESSED FRANCIS XAVIER SEELOS PARISH, SPANISH FORT FEASTDAY MASS (5 Oct 2023)


ARCHDIOCESE OF MOBILE SEND MESSAGE FOR FEAST OF BLESSED SEELOS(5 Oct 2023)


CUMBERLAND SEELOS HEALING MASS (5 Oct 2023)

Today is the Feast Day of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos who served at SS Peter & Paul from 1857-1862. He was known for his gentle ways, inspiring others to the faith, and his healing intervention. This morning at the Shrine, Pastor Fr. Greg & Fr. John co celebrated a Healing Mass. Fr. John gave a brief history of Blessed Seelos, had a beautiful homily where he challenged us to inspire others to the faith as missionary Blessed Seelos had done. At the end of the Mass there was a special healing blessing by Fr. John. We pray for all those suffering from afflictions of body, mind, & spirit. Blessed Seelos please pray for us. JOE GEORGE-

Photos © Joe George ,Cumberland.


SEELOS LINKS FOR HIS FEASTDAY (5 Oct 2023)

Atlas Obscura-  https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/father-seelos-center

Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos Academy-  https://seelosacademy.org/events/feast-day-of-blessed-francis-xavier-seelos-1

My Catholic Life! A journey of personal conversion!- https://mycatholic.life/saints/saints-of-the-liturgical-year/usaoctober-5-blessed-francis-xavier-seelos-priest/Link

The Word Among Us-  https://wau.org/meditations/2023/10/05/799088/

 

REDEMPTORISTS SCARLA NEWS- https://www.cssr.news/2023/10/october-5-memorial-of-blessed-francis-xavier-seelos-2/

PORTRAIT OF SAINTS-   https://www.instagram.com/p/CyA3CWuJOlN/

TRINITY STORES-  https://trinitystores.com/blogs/news/oct-5-bl-francis-xavier-seelos-artwork-by-brenda-nippert

YOU WOULD THINK FATHER HARRIS-  https://soundcloud.com/fr-glenn-h-harris/recording-2951

Homily: St. Faustina and Bl. Francis Xavier Seelos BY FATHER KHOI   

RELEVANT RADIO Daybreak for October 5, 2023-  https://relevantradio.com/2023/10/daybreak-for-october-5-2023/


BLESSING OF SEELOS STATUE IN CUMBERLAND, MARYLAND, U.S.A. (1 Oct 2023)

Today was a special day for the blessing and dedication of the statue and grotto of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos at the prayer garden behind the Shrine. Many thanks to Father John for presiding over the event and for Father Mark for his attendance and support. The sculptor, Wayman Scott IV and his family, the Knights of Columbus and sixty devoted spectators. I am including a video for those you missed it and some photos. I interviewed the sculptor and will share bits of that in the coming days!

Michael R Porter

Video & Photos above © Michael R. Porter      Photos below © Whitney Costello

 

We appreciated the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree participation in the dedication of the Blessed Seelos statue & grotto in the prayer garden at the Shrine.

Joe George


BLESSED SEELOS PARISH SPANISH FORT CELEBRATES THEIR PATRONAL FEAST DAY(1 Oct 2023)



BLESSED FRANCIS XAVIER SEELOS SERVICE & SACRAMENT OF THE SICK-1430hrs OCTOBER 5th IN SEELOSHAUS FÜSSEN


SEELOS STATUE IN CUMBERLAND IN THE NEWS AGAIN (26 Sept 2023)

The Statue of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos located in the Blessed Seelos Payer Garden attached to the Shrine of St Peter & Paul in Cumberland is once again in the news!

The Catholic Review which is the Archdiocesan Media outlet for Baltomore today published an artcile about the Statue and the up and coming Blessing which will take place this Sunday 1st October 2023. Included within the article is a photo of the Scultor Wayman Scott IV touching his work of art within the garden.

The full article can be read HERE


SEELOS HEALING SERVICE IN FÜSSEN ON HIS FEASTDAY(15 Sept 2023)

Here in Füssen we will be celebrating our great "Son of Füssen" Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos twice on his Feast Day 5th October 2023. Kicking of the day with Holy Mass in Honour of Blessed Seelos at 0830hrs in the Church of Acht Seligkeiten in west Füssen. Füssen is the only place in Germany apart from the Redemptorist Churches and Monasteries which officially celebrates his feastday. Parish Priest Father Frank Deuring will celebrate the Mass. 

 At 1430hrs there will be a HEALING SERVICE precided over by Father Deuring with those present able to recieve the Sacrament of the Sick, in Franz-Xaver-Seeloshaus.  Coffee and cake will be served after the service.

 

THURSDAY 5TH OCTOBER 2023  FEAST OF BLESSED FRANCIS XAVIER SEELOS

0830hrs Holy Mass    Acht Selikeiten Church,West Füssen.

 1430hrs Healing Service & Sacrament of the Sick followed by coffee & Cakes  Franx-Xaver-Seelohaus,Füssen.



CHANGES TO SEELOS HEALING MASSES IN CUMBERLAND AND FÜSSEN(30 August 2023)

The Blessing of the Statue in Cumberland will no longer take place on the Feast of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos as the Parish Priest has decided to change the date to Sunday 1st October 2023 at 1400hrs. This caught the Shrine volunteers offguard as they had already ordered the brochues for the ceremony online! They told Seelos in Füssen today that they still that they hope the Healing Mass will still go ahead on his Feast Day 5th October at 0800hrs.

 

Meanwhile in Füssen the Healing Mass which was to be celebrated at 0830hrs on the 5th October in Acht Seligkeiten seems to be in limbo as no mention of it was made in the Parish Newsletter for August & September leaving very little time to allow those who are sick to organise attending the Mass to recieve The Sacrament of the Sick!

For those in New Orleans as the Seelos Healing Masses will take place as advertised below


HEALING MASS & BLESSING OF SEELOS STATUE ON FEAST OF BLESSED SEELOS IN CUMBERLAND SHRINE(12 August 2023)

A Healing Mass followed by the Blessing & Dedication of the Stature of Blessed Seelos,which is located in the Seelos Prayer Garden will take place at 0800hrs on the 5th October 2023,the Feast of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos.Blessed Seelos served the Cumberland community from 19th May 1857 until 1862.Founded in 1848 by Redemptorist Bishop John Neumann, who later became America’s first male saint, The Shrine of Saints Peter and Paul served the growing German Catholic population in Cumberland at the time.Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos served as Pastor of the Parish & Prefect for the students from 1857-1862. After the departure of the Redemptorists and then the Carmelite Friars, the Capuchin Franciscan Friars arrived in 1875 and have served The Shrine of Saints Peter and Paul Church since then.


NATIONAL SEELOS SHRINE HEALING MASSES FOR OCTOBER 2023 (12 August 2023)


BLESSING OF CUMBERLAND SEELOS STATUE SLATED FOR HIS FEAST DAY(7 August 2023)

©David & Paul Schoenadel

The Seelos Statue located in the Seelos Prayer Garden attached to the Shrine of St Peter & Paul,in Cumberland,Maryland is due to be officially blessed on Thursday 5th October 2023,the feast day of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos.      Father John Associate Pastor of Our Lady of the Mountains Parish which includes the Shrine of St Peter and St Paul  has said that the Seelos Feast Day is fine by him and they are now trying to decide the best time for the official blessing of the statue                                   




OHIO "BIKING FOR BABIES" GROUP VISITS SHRINE CONNECTED TO BLESSED SEELOS AND SAINT JOHN NEUMANN(13 July 2023)

©Joe George Cumberland.

A group of pro-life cyclists from Columbus,Ohio who are on their way to Washington,DC arrived at the Shrine of St Peter & Paul in Cumberland at 0630hrs this morning.

They are part of the 2023 National Ride which has 79 young adult missionaries aged 18-39 years old travelling over 100 miles a day for 6 days raising awareness and financial support for America`s pregnancy resource centres.The event takes place from the 10-15th July this year.In 2022 56 riders raised over $260,000 for the cause.

The group had wanted to visit during last years event but unfortunatly ran out of time. This years team which visited the Shrine consisted of Chris Sims,Ben Sanders,Marianne Rodriguez,Charles Jardine,Jessica Kantra,Joe Gagliardi,Mary Bookwalter,Robbie Commodari,Andrew Wenman & Father Ed Guilloux, a Catholic Priest from Arlington Diocese who is currently serving at St John the Apostle in Leesburg,VA.

© Photo copyright David & Paula Schoenadel Cumberland

The Group had stopped overnight in Cumberland and were shown around the Shrine at 0630hrs this morning. They were were informed about Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos and the 5 years he spent as Pastor of the Parish & Prefect for the students from 1857-1862.Some of the group also took time to visit the Seelos Prayer garden & grotto.

© Photo copyright David & Paula Schoenadel Cumberland

Joe George who is Chairman of the board of directors of  "The Friends of the Shrine of St Peter & Paul" told us "A group from “Biking for Babies” stopped at the Shrine of SS Peter & Paul today at 6:30 am for prayerful reflection and a tour, as they continue to travel by bike to Washington, DC. This Right to Life group, supporting pregnancy resource centers, has been biking from Columbus, Ohio to DC with a final celebration of life at a Church in Arlington, VA. Part of a National ride from July 9-16. The group is from various parts of the country and also has international members. They stopped overnight last night in Cumberland, MD, the convergence of the Great Allegany Passage trail from Pittsburgh, PA with the C&O Canal trail from Cumberland to Washington, DC. May the good Lord guide them & protect them on their journey as they spread their message of love. They also showed a great interest in St John Neumann who founded the church in 1848. Ann Getty is involved in a local Pregnancy Resource Center and she recommended it to them last year. It was great to see they made it this year!"

For more information and to support the riders of "Bikers for Babies" visit their website



ARCHDIOCESAN MEDIA OUTLET FOR BALTIMORE COVER 175th ANNIVERSARY OF SHRINE WHERE SEELOS SERVED AS PASTOR(30 June 2023)

Catholic Review the Archdiocese of Baltimore`s Media Center has published a news item about the 175th Anniversary of the Shrine of St Peter & Paul,Cumberland whe Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos was Pastor from 1857-1862 as well as being Prefect of students at the Redemptorist Seminary located next door to the church.

The article can be read at this link


Dr. ROBERT WORDEN DECLARED AN OBLATE OF THE CONGREGATION OF THE HOLY REDEEMER(26 June 2023)

Dr. Robert Worden inside of St Mang Basilica standing in front of the Seelos shrine before it was moved to its present location

The Redemptorists have served St. Mary`s Church in Annapolis,Maryland since 1853. Dr Robert Worden wrote a book about the Parish and gave a copy to St Mang Parish. Inside the book is a chapter about Blessed Seelos and it was this book which was the inspiration for starting the Seelos in Füssen website.Dr Worden is a historian and the Redemptorist Community have finally given him its top award. On Thursday May 25th Dr Worden was made an Oblate of the Congregation of the Holy Redeemer.He was recomended by the Superior General of Baltimore Province,Very Reverend John Collins C.Ss.R. and on the authority of the Superior General of the Redemptorists,Father Roger Gomes C.Ss.R. he was declared a Redemtorist Oblate. To be declared an Oblate a man or woman must have asssisted Redemptorists in their mission of proclaiming plentiful Redemption.

For more on this news item see page 12 of the June Issue of the Baltimore Beacon 


CONFUSION OVER NEW DIRECTOR OF THE SEELOS SHRINE(21 June 2023)

Father Rich Bouver has thanked Seelos in Füssen for congratulating him on his Golden Jubilee of Ordination.

For a while there was a little confusion to who the new Director of the Seelos Center in New Orleans would be.

HOWEVER Father Charlie Wehrley, Communications Director for the American Conference of Redemptorists clarified the situation for Seelos in Füssen 

UPDATE 2209hrs CEST "UPDATE 2209hrs I have checked with members of the new Baltimore Provincial Team: Jack Kingsbury has been assigned as Director of the St. John Neumann Shrine in Philadelphia. I do not know where the misinformation about New Orleans came from. According to the email that was sent out by our new Vicar Aaron Meszaros, Maurice Nutt is the new interim Director of the Seelos Shrine.  Message from Father Charlie Wehrley American Conference of Redemptorists Communication Officer

Seelos in Füssen pray for Father Rich on his new posting in Tucson,Arizona and also for Father Maurice J. Nutt who will take over the post as interim Director Of the Seelos Shrine.

To learn more about the interim Director of the Seelos Shrine check out Father Maurice J. Nutt`s website https://fathermauricejnutt.com/

Find him on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/fathermauricejnuttcssr/

Find him on Twitter   https://twitter.com/MJNutt1906

Find him on  Linkedin     https://www.linkedin.com/in/reverend-dr-maurice-joseph-nutt-c-ss-r-6005549/

Photos Copyright © 1) Gregg Terrabone  2)Shelly Raynal


THANK YOU, FR. RICH Happy 50th Golden Jubilee & Safe Travels!

Celebrating 50 Years of Priesthood

 

June 21st marks the 50th anniversary of Seelos Center Director Fr. Rich Boever's ordination to the priesthood.

 

Fr. Rich, thank you for your years of service, dedication to the mission of Blessed Seelos and the Redemptorists, and most importantly, for your devotion to God.

 

Congratulations on your anniversary!

Seminarian Rich and his parentsPhotos-1)Seminarian Rich and his parents, Clara and Andrew Boever, 1968. 2&3)Ordination, June 21, 1973 ©Photos Copyright National Seelos Center

Fr. Rich in St. Mary's Assumption Church

Dear Devotees of Blessed Seelos,

 

Recently I received a 1999 issue of a publication called “Father Seelos and Sanctity” from a longtime devotee of Blessed Seelos. Many of our “old timers” will remember this publication – I remember it too, being a part of that esteemed group. I bring this up because it shows a photo of Father Monroe Perrier, C.Ss.R. taking over as Director of the Seelos Center.

 

We uphold a long history of Shrine directors moving on to new apostolates. In keeping with that process, I have received word that I will be moving along to our Redemptorist community in Tucson, Arizona. 

 

It’s hard to leave the folks who have been part of the ongoing growth of our beloved Shrine and Center, but the intercession of Blessed Seelos and the promotion of his cause for canonization will continue. Pilgrims will be blessed and prayed with, tours will be received, and our wonderful staff will continue to serve your needs as best we can. 

 

May you all be greatly blessed.

Fr. Rich Boever

www.SEELOS.org

 


SEELOS FEAST DAY MASS 2023(16 JUNE 2023)

The Holy Mass for the Feast Day of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos will be celebrated here in Füssen on Thursday 5th October 2023 in Acht Seligkeiten Church,west Füssen at 0830hrs.The actual form of the Mass is being discused and it may include the Sacrament of the Sick and the singing of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos favourite hymn to Our Lady, "Milde Königin gedenke" which was sung around his death bed. To listen to one version of the hymn click this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQc_NWNs5mI

It has also been suggested that after the Mass those present could be individually blessed with a first class relic of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos.

The final decision will of course be made by Our Parish Priest here in Füssen, Father Frank Deuring.


NATIONAL SEELOS SHRINE NEW ORLEANS MEDIA SECRETARY VISITS FÜSSEN (15 June 2023)

Copyright ©Shelly Raynal

Myke Rosenthal-English who runs Seelos in Füssen with Shelly Raynal who is in charge of the National Seelos Center website

Shelly Raynal, Media Secretary for the National Seelos Center in New Orleans is visiting Füssen with her husband Gerald between the 14th and 17th June 2023.Seelos in Füssen arranged for them to have a tour around the city showing them all the places connected with the great  "Son of Füssen" Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos who was born in the Spitalgasse on 11 January 1819 and who die in New Orleans 4 October 1867.

Copyright ©Shelly Raynal

Shelly & Gerald Reynal in Füssen 

Shelly is a great fan of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos and thanks him for her getting through 3 different forms of cancer. In 2015 she was honorary Captain of the New Orleans Saints.She was born and raised in New Orleans and is a great fan of the Saints Football team. She shared her story with the Saints for Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2015.She and her husband, Gerald have two sons named Gregory and Spencer. She works for Studio Mundi which runs the official National Seelos Center website and which was also responsible for updating the Seelos in Füssen website thanks to the help of Father Rich Bouver, Executive Director of the National Seelos Center, New Orleans.The couple also met Dr Miriam Rosenthal-English who was responsible for transalting the Novenna to Blessed Seelos into German.

 

Copyright ©Shelly Raynal

The happy couple who have been married for 30 years at the border between Germany and Austria! Yes they did step into Tirol!


SEELOS IN FÜSSEN RECEIVES AN AWARD-15 June 2023

Seelos in Füssen is delighted to be awarded the State of Louisiana National Guard Award for Excellence for our services in promoting the great Saint of New Orleans-Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos


CHANGE AT THE TOP IN THE NATIONAL SEELOS CENTER,NEW ORLEANS (15 June 2023)

Photos-Father Rich Bouver Seelos Center Director, on his visit to Füssen last year

Father Rich Bouver,National Director of the Seelos Center in New Orleans is retiring. Father Rich is much loved at  the Center and will be greatly missed. He has been recovering from lung cancer and his trip to Füssen on Pilgrimage last year really sapped his strength. Temporarily replacing him will be Father Maurice Nutt C.Ss.R. who is a well known Redemptorist Missionary who is also stationed in St Mary`s Assumption Parish New Orleans. Father Rich will celebrate his golden jubilee of Ordination on 21 June 2023.



Claudia Rosenthal-English Seelos Presentation in German for which she received a 1/A grade

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BLESSED SEELOS ANSWERING PRAYER(17 May 2023)

 

My youngest daughter is in her last year at school and all her class must do a project which will be marked. This morning she was moaning about how all those who got their projects yesterday had brilliant subjects and today there would only be bad ones left for her. I told her I would pray she gets a good subject and at the same time had a premonition that maybe she gets Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos as a subject. What was the first ticket she pulled out ?See Below!(Seelos an Allgäu Saint?-Biography.Was he eligible for beatification or was it exagerrated? Answer the topic question?) Our house is full of Seelos relics,photos,books and DVD`s about this great Saint born here in Füssen where we live!I also run this website about him!
God is good! Alleluia. Thank you for your intercession Blessed Seelos.

So many worldwide have shown an interest in this news item that we hope to be able to show the finished project when it has been officially marked by the School concerned.

"Seelos-ein Allgäuer Heiliger" A presentation on Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos in German by Claudia Rosenthal-English coming soon to this website! We are pleased to report that Claudia got a 1 for her presentation on Blessed Seelos.


BLESSED FRANCIS XAVIER SEELOS PARISH IN SPANISH FORT CELEBRATE ONE YEAR IN THEIR NEW BUILDING(2 May 2023)


SEELOS NEWS MAY EDITION FROM THE NATIONAL SEELOS CENTER NEW ORLEANS(1 MAY 2023)


SEELOS NEWS APRIL EDITION FROM THE NATIONAL SEELOS CENTER NEW ORLEANS(1 APRIL 2023)


SEELOS IN FÜSSEN BREAKING NEWS EXCLUSIVE! (28 March 2023)

SEELOS STATUE FINALLY PLACED IN THE GROTTO OF THE CUMBERLAND PRAYER GARDEN

PHOTOS ©-David Schoenadel &Paula Schoenadel;CUMBERLAND

Thanks to the hard efforts of David & Paula Schoenadel, the Shrine of St  Peter & Paul in Cumberland,Maryland,U.S.A. finally has placed their new statue of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos in the grotto they both built in the Prayer Garden next to the Shrine.Blessed Seelos served in Cumberland between May 19th 1857 and 1862 as Pastor of the Parish and Prefect of students in the Redemptorist Seminary.

A blessing of the Statue is being arranged for a future date.


SEELOS HEALING MASS 1300hrs SUNDAY 25 APRIL 2023 NEW ORLEANS


SEELOS NEWS MARCH EDITION FROM THE NATIONAL SEELOS CENTER NEW ORLEANS(2 MARCH 2023)


SEELOS STATUE ARRIVES IN CUMBERLAND (25th February 2023)

Artist Wayman Scott with his beautiful sculpture of Blessed Seelos

Dave Schoenadel and Wayman Scott as they carry the carefully packed statue of Blessed Seelos to the car for his transportation to Cumberland, Md

The Kiln where Wayman placed Blessed Seelos statue for firing.

Bio of Wayman Scott

Photos Copyright- David Schoenadel Paula Schoenadel

The full story can be found at the link below as Save the Shrine of St Pater & Paul,Cumberland have not got the right settings to allow Seelos in Füssen to embed the whole Facebook post !

https://www.facebook.com/groups/641772892902626/permalink/1609470766132829/


SEELOS STATUE TO ARRIVE IN CUMBERLAND THIS WEEK AS PREPARATIONS ARE MADE TO CELEBRATE 175TH ANNIVERSARY(19 Feb 2023)

The Shrine of St Peter & St Paul in Cumberland is looking forward to at last having the statue of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos in the grotto within the Seelos Prayer Garden.

David and Paula Schoenadel told the members of the Save the Shrine of St Peter & Paul Facebook page    "Blessed Seelos statue update-We have scheduled a day next week for picking up the statue of Blessed Seelos from Wayman Scott of Baltimore,Md. Wayman is the artist who has sculpted the statue made specially for the grotto located at the Blessed Seelos Prayer Garden. It is one of its kind. When weather becomes more steadily favorable in the Spring, Blessed Seelos will be placed in his very own long awaited grotto. Plans are in the making for a dedication Blessing to take place after Blessed Seelos is placed in the grotto." 

The Shrine where Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos and Saint John Neumann served is celebrating its 175th Anniversary this year. Joe George the President of the board of directors of the Friends of the Shrine told us "Every 5 years the Archdiocese requires a formal inspection of Church facilities to do a condition assessment by an independent firm. The Friends of the Shrine paid $3,000 for an inspection by Bureau Veritas for the Archdiocese. All in all, for a 175 year old building, the 41 page report was favorable. There are 3 issues that we will be addressing:

1) window framings need repaired & painted. We have obtained an estimate from Hoyman Painting & they will do the work this Spring.
2) front wall next to the sidewalk by the front steps needs repaired, a stone replaced, & steps caulked. An estimate from Valley Masonry has been obtained & this work will also be contracted.
3) Exit signs in Church need upgrades. While not part of the inspection, we are also looking to improve the lighting bars for the main Altar. Estimates are being obtained.
We have budgeted $30,000 for the needed work to be done in 2023, as part of our 175th Anniversary, thanks to our donors generosity.
We are delivering on our goal to preserve & maintain the Shrine for future generations.
Friends of the Shrine of SS Peter & Paul
P.O. Box 1876, Cumberland, MD 21502
 
Joe also wrote the following on the groups Facebook page "As we begin to celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Shrine of SS Peter & Paul and work to raise an endowment fund to be able to preserve & maintain the Shrine for years to come, we sent a mailing to approximately 400 of faithful Shrine supporters in the past. Attached is a copy of the letter & tri fold brochure. Please click on the photo attachments to read more. Many have responded already. We don’t have all the addresses of the 1000 followers to the Save the Shrine Facebook page but each of you can help make a difference for the Shrines’ future. Any donation amount is appreciated. Some have donated $175 in honor of the Anniversary year. Please keep the Shrine & our Board in your prayers. Should you wish to make a donation you can mail it to:
Friends of the Shrine of SS Peter & Paul, P.O. Box 1876, Cumberland, MD 21502 or donate on line via our website How to Help Donate page:
 
 

ST MARY`S PARISH,ANNAPOLIS,WHERE BLESSED SEELOS SERVED CELEBRATES 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE OPENING OF THE ORIGIONAL CHURCH(18 Feb 2023)

 

Saint Mary’s Church and Novitiate, 1864. During his rectorship of St. Mary’s (1862-63), Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos established a fleet of sailboats to be used for recreation by the Redemptorist priests, brothers, and novices. Courtesy: Redemptorist Archives of the Baltimore Province, Brooklyn, New York.

St. Mary`s Parish, Annapolis, Maryland can trace its very existence back to George Carroll, the only Catholic  signer of the United States of America Declaration of Independence. He asked his granddaughter,  Mary Anne Caton Patterson to be in charge of the building of the first Catholic Church in Annapolis and gave the ground which it was built on. It was opened in 1823 and was able to house 150 people. It was a small one room building and was served monthly by the Jesuits from Prince Georges County until 1853 when the Redemptorist took over the Parish.

      Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos served in the Parish from April 16th to May 19th 1857 as Superior and Novice Master and also from June 14th 1862 to November 17th 1863 as Rector. In 1862, he was made Rector to St. Mary's Church and Novitiate, Annapolis, Maryland. It was during his posting here that he went to met President Abraham Lincoln to ask if the Redemptorist seminarians could be excused from military conscription during the Civil War.

On 9th February 2023 the Parish celebrated its 200th Anniversary of the opening of the original church.

Redemptorist Scala News item-https://www.cssr.news/2023/02/annapolis-st-marys-church-is-celebrating-the-200th-anniversary/

Patch Annapolis MD-  https://patch.com/maryland/annapolis/st-marys-church-celebrates-200th-anniversary-downtown-annapolis?fbclid=IwAR2269LgxEekdiNN7bTihc2i9j5ecnHaGR89IZggHEwEN6ieoSKYftVjMSo

Archdiocese of Baltimore Catholic Review News itemhttps://catholicreview.org/annapolis-parish-marks-historic-milestone/

St Mary`s Parish, Annapolis website-https://www.stmarysannapolis.org/

 

 


SEELOS NEWS FEBRUARY EDITION FROM THE NATIONAL SEELOS CENTER NEW ORLEANS(1 FEB 2023)


DOCTOR WHO HELPED EXCAVATE BLESSED SEELOS IN 1965 & 1967 HAS DIED(28 Jan 2023)

Dr Angelo Giorlando M.D. died on the 24th January 2023 aged 96. He was born May 2nd 1926  in New Orleans. He attended the Redemptorist School, Redemptorist Seminary  in Missouri. He served in the US Army during the war. He became a Pediatric Doctor and was well renowned in his field. He was married for 70 years to Marie. They had 7 children, 11 grand children and 13 great grandchildren. 

In 1961 he was one of those who reignited the interest in trying to have Father Seelos canonised. In both 1965 & 1967 he was part of the team which excavated the remains of Father Seelos.

Photos;- The origional burial place of Father Seelos. The bones of Father Seelos being examined by the excavation team

The bones of Father Seelos in a small casket which is now inside his coffin

The original  coffin in which Father Seelos was buried now located in the Seelos Center.

In 2006 he was inducted into the Order of Seelos Witness. This is the highest honour given by the National Seelos Shrine in New Orleans, U.S.A. He and his wife were also honoured to receive The Blessed Father Volunteer of the year award in 2009.  The Full Obituary of Dr. Giorlando is available at https://obits.nola.com/us/obituaries/nola/name/angelo-giorlando-obituary?id=38977826


BLESSED FRANCIS XAVIER SEELOS BIRTHDAY HEALING MASS (15 Jan 2023)


SEELOS NEWS JANUARY 2023 EDITION FROM THE NATIONAL SEELOS CENTER NEW ORLEANS(1 JAN 2023)

 

Seelos Center Newsletter

https://files.constantcontact.com/ea67a4dd701/893c9912-daf9-447f-8ab4-9ef95e82635c.pdf?rdr=true

Seelos in Füssen`s reporter in Spanish Fort made the news this month. Judy Hill Sullivan had told us back in November about her healing. She said " Here is another more personal gift, which I will report to the National Shrine later today.  My surgery last month to repair rotator cuff was successful. The rate of recovery to all the surrounding tissue is beyond natural.  You and I both know why this is excelerated, because prayers are carried by Father Seelos to grant a good outcome.  The initial injury was forty years ago on an icy patch at a Colorado Rocky Mountain ski resort.  Year 2021 -- it became time to address the function of this limb.  All result is beyond expectations... so much like our other good graces from our loving Jesus Christ!!

In this months issue of the Seelos Center News here submission has been printed


SEELOS CENTER NEWS DECEMBER 2022 (1st December 2022)

Seelos Center Newsletter

https://files.constantcontact.com/ea67a4dd701/92e1f5be-b046-42df-a710-42ddfbb0af2d.pdf?rdr=true

 

SEELOS HEALING MASS

Sunday, January 15, 2023

1300hrs

St. Mary’s Assumption Church and on Facebook Live


BLESSED FRANCIS XAVIER SEELOS CHURCH, SPANISH FORT UPDATE (5th November 2022)

A belated Happy Feast Day, I remembered your family and your parish-shrine of our patron, Blessed Francis Xavier in the week of October 5th.  We celebrated with a special Sunday Mass (liturgical prayers honoring Blessed Seelos) and a church-family picnic.
Thank you again for the prayers and support which are very evident in the blessings and growth in our new little parish.
 
Our parish is taking more baby-steps into the world of digital outreach.  So many electronic glitches to solve, yet it seems we are in good company since the New Orleans shrine also has such a problem getting the sound to accurately embed into the web-feed.  Praise be to God that our Mass prayers, Holy Scripture readings, and homily are clear.  Clearly broadcast music will come with learning by these dedicated volunteers who are reading, studying, applying their growing knowledge base in the medium of internet web-feed.
Thank you so much  for the resources I find on your site.  As I assimilate the information, it helps in the outreach.  Just last night was a fireside meal with friends who worship as Methodists, and who are curious about this new building on the highway -- which is our Blessed Seelos parish.  It was natural to explain what we as a faith-family hope to bring to the work of Jesus Christ in the area taking inspiration from this gentle strength in the life of Blessed Seelos.  It was natural and easy to summarize because of the many readings and devotionals in many websites that link from you, thank you again!!!  Glory be to God. Our Reporter in Spanish Fort-Judy Sullivan


SEELOS HEALING MASS 1300hrs SUNDAY 9 Oct. NEW ORLEANS(10 OCT 2022)

Real problems with the sound quality are contained on all 3 videos which can be viewed on Facebook

 


THANKSGIVING MASS IN HONOUR OF BLESSED SEELOS(7 Oct 2022)

Father  Joshi Sebastian  celebrated Holy Mass in honour of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos in the Krippkirche, Füssen at 1830hrs Friday 7th October the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. Helene von Rechenberg played the organ and Sacristan Bruno Ehrentreich served the Mass and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, Father Joshi gave a sermon about Blessed Seelos and his role as a Missionary to emigrant Germans in America. This is a subject close to his heart as Father Joshi belongs to an Indian Religious order and is a Missionary in the German Diocese of Augsburg and works in our Parish for the past two years. 


BREAKING NEWS FROM CUMBERLAND-SEELOS STATUE IS READY

Seelos in Füssen is pleased to bring you a breaking news story from the Shrine of Ss Peter & Paul, Cumberland. For over a year they have been trying to get a statue of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos for their prayer garden. Today on the Feast of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos it is finally finished. Find out the whole story about their prayer garden on the following page-http://seelosinfuessen.de/st-peter-st-paul-shrine-cumberland

Photo Copyright Wayman Scott Artist Wayman Scott

The Prayer Garden Grotto where the statue will be placed.

 


SEELOS HEALING MASS 1300hrs SUNDAY 9 Oct. NEW ORLEANS

SEELOS HEALING MASS ~ SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9 ~ 1300hRS

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