In the year 2002 during interior renovations of the Parish Church of Our Lady's Assumption into Heaven,Vils,Austria,a relic of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos was placed in the new main Altar.









 

BLESSED FRANCES XAVIER SEELOS IN FÜSSEN
Born 199 years ago on 11th January 1819 in Füssen,Germany
died 150 years ago on 4th October 1867 in New Orleans USA







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ARCHBISHOP THOMAS J.RODI OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MOBILE,ALABAMA NAMES NEW PARISH AFTER BLESSED SEELOS(25 May 2018)

The Archbishop of Mobile,Alabama,USA,Thomas J.Rodi announced 18th May 2018 that he was to dedicate a new Parish too Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos.The Archdiocese has donated 105218 square metres of land for the Church itself and associated buildings.It location in Spanish Fort, 2 miles east of the Highway 181 and Highway 31 intersection on Highway 31 will enable it to serve the growing catholic population of tthe Malbis area of Baldwin County.It will be the first time in 40 years that a new Parish has been started from scratch in the Mobile Archdiocese.From 30th June 2018,Father James Cink will be the new Parish Priest.He is currently based at St Dominic Parish in Mobile.The new Parish will be the 3rd in the United States to be named after Blessed Seelos,the other being located at 3037 Dauphine St,New Orleans, Louisiana & 360 Lameuse St, Biloxi,

Archbishop Rodi gave 7 reasons on the Archdiocesan website as to why he had chosen Blessed Seelos.The article can be read HERE

 

SEELOS CENTER NEW ORLEANS PILGRIMAGE TO FÜSSEN TO CELEBRATE 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF BLESSED SEELOS(24 APRIL 2018)

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Group of American Pilgrims from Louisiana and Texas who visited in 2008

Father Harry Grile,Executive Director of the National Seelos Shrine in New Orleans is arranging a Pilgrimage to Füssen in the first week of May 2019.He has chosen Mary Perricone of Travel Central based in Metairie, LouisianaUSA to put the trip together and lead it.They are hoping to bring a group of about 35 pilgrims to visit the city where Blessed Seelos was born on 11th January 1819.There visit next year will of course  fall in the 200th Anniversary year of this great "son of Füssen".The itinary is still being planned and will include visiting the sites associated with Blessed Seelos here in Füssen as well as visiting surrounding towns and villages.

Father Harry is particulaly looking forward to celebrating the Holy Mass in St Mang Basilica where Seelos was baptised the day of his birth.

NEW ORLEANS TIMES-PICAYUNE NEWSPAPER SPOTLIGHTS SEELOS IN 300 FOR 300 SERIES(15 March 2018)

Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos is one of 300 New Orleaners who the Times Picayune have chosen to feature in their "300 for 300" series.New Orleans celebrates its tri-centenary this year,hence the 300 for 300 series.The New Orleans paper has chosen 300 personalities who it claims "made New Orleans New Orleans.

To see the Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos-CLICK HERE

PARISH TO SELL SEELOS HOUSE IN FÜSSEN(30 Jan 2018)

The Parish Priest of Füssen,Hopfen & Weißensee,Father Frank Deuring has announced that Seelos House in Füssen will be sold.Seelos House is used by the parish of St.Mang as a meeting place.However due to changes which have become neccesary within the 4 Parishes of the Fussen group,it has been felt that Seelos House must go.Other changes will see the demolition of Acht Seligkeiten,the 600 seater church in west Füssen,the sale of the Presbytary and church office in the city centre & the Parish Priest moving also to west Füssen.West Füssen would have a new Catholic Kindergarten built as well as a small church,church office and a place for the Parish Priest to live.The curate will live close to the city centre.It is planned that the elderly & tourists will continue to worship at St Mang Basilica & the Franciscan Church of St Stephan whilst west Füssen would become the place of worship for young people and their families.It is hoped that all will be completed by 2022.

Seelos House was named after Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos who was born here in Füssen.The mural was painted by Otto Kobel of Seeg.He is famous for his work with the "Waal Passion Play" & in 1987  he produced "The mystery of the death of St Mang" a play written by Arthur Maximilian Miller here in Füssen.Otto Kobel is also responsible for many religious works  of art which can be found in parishes throughout the area.The Mural in Füssen  is unfortunately not completed.It shows servers with Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos because the Altar servers from St Mang Basilica meet in the building once a week to play games and get to know each other better.As he worked in the southern States a coloured person was included in the mural to join other representatives of the immigrants and locals  who were in need of spiritual care. The completed mural should have shown Seelos when he lived in Füssen and also when he emigrated from Germany to the United States traveling via New York according to Former Parish Priest Karlheinz Knebell(R.I.P.) who commisioned the artist.

 

LECTURE ON 3 CENTURIES OF NEW ORLEANS TO INCLUDE BLESSED SEELOS

Archbishop-emeritus Alfred Hughes gave a lecture on the role of Catholics in the three-century history of New Orleans at 1830hrs Tuesday, Jan. 16, in Schulte Hall at Notre Dame Seminary, 2901 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans. His lecture, "Ordinary People, Extraordinary Gifts," focused on the lives of St. Frances Cabrini, St. Katharine Drexel, Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, Venerable Henriette Delille and Margaret Haughery.

 

CARDINAL TOBIN  CELEBRATES SEELOS 199TH  BIRTHDAY MASS IN NEW ORLEANS

©PHOTO COPYRIGHT-Michelle Nawaz,New Orleans

A Special Healing Mass with Sacrament of Anointing to Commemorate the Birthday of Father Seelos was
celebrated byCardinal Joseph Tobin, C.Ss.R.The Cardinal also preached the homily on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 1300hrs in
St. Mary’s Assumption Church,New Orleans-USA

DEATH OF BISHOP'S VICAR KARLHEINZ KNEBEL-A GREAT PROMOTER

OF BLESSED FRANCIS XAVIER SEELOS(5 NOV 2017)

Bishop's Vicar Karlheinz Knebel(R.I.P.),former Parish Priest of Fussen died on the 4th November 2017.He was a great promoter of Blessed Seelos and wrote a booklet about the Fussen born Blessed.He was also in St Peter's Square Rome when Saint Pope John-Paul 2 beatified Seelos.

To read more about his life please read this webpage

 

 

NIGHT OF THE LIGHT & SAINTS-Nacht der LICHTER und
HEILIGEN(16 Oct/Okt. 2017)

Tuesday 31 October 2017

Dienstag, 31. Okt. 2017

1900hrs-2100hrs

Start:St Peter & St Paul Catholic Church,Hopfen am See

Beginn in St. Peter und Paul, Hopfen am See.

You are in the 4th Class or older?

Bist Du schon in der 4. Klasse oder älter?
You do not appreciate Halloween?

Hast Du auch keine Lust auf Halloween?
Come with us so we can come closer to each other

Komm zu uns, wo wir Franz Xaver Seelos
and learn more about Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos

näher kennenlernen und einen ruhigen
A quiet but exiting evening!

aber spannenden Abend erleben.

Please pick your children up at 2030hrs in

Bitte um ca 20.30 Uhr die Kinder in
Hopfen am See,

Hopfen am See abholen.

We finish with a candle-lit procession at the Seelos Altar in St Mang Basilica,Füssen

Ende am Seelosaltar in St. Mang, Füssen

 

Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos Healing Mass(13 Oct 2017)

A Mass of healing will be held at 1300hrs Sunday 15th October in Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos Church,360 Lameuse Street, Biloxi, MS 39530

There will be individual anointings with oil from the National Blessed Seelos Shrine and the opportunity to venerate the Seelos relic. For more info, call parish office 228-435-0007.

 

FÜSSEN WEST CELEBRATE SEELOS FEAST(5th Oct 2017)

The Lady Chapel where the Mass was celebrated

0830hrs on the Feast of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos,Holy Mass was celebrated in the Church of Acht Seligkeiten(8 Beatitudes), in Füssen west.The curate,Father Christian Wolf celebrated Mass on this joyful occasion.The congregation joined in full voice in the hymns,musical accompaniment on the guitar was provided by Sabine Tiedke.Serving the Holy Mass was brother Franziskus of the Premonstratensians from Roggenburg Monastory,who is helping out in the 4 Parishes.

Candles burn before statue Our Lady & the painting of Blessed Seelos

BLESSED FRANCIS XAVIER SEELOS PARISH NEW ORLEANS PATRONAL FEAST DAY (5th Oct 2017)

Holy Mass was celebrated at 1900hrs in the Parish,which bears the name of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos and is located in New Orleans.The Parish has a thriving Spanish speaking community.Starting on the 6th October at 1900hrs the Parish will have the 40 hrs devotion.

 

 

 

HOW "CURRENTS" NEW YORK'S DAILY CATHOLIC NEWS PROGRAMME REPORTED ON BLESSED SEELOS

 

 

OUR LADY OF THE MOUNTAINS,JASPER,GEORGIA,USA,CELEBRATE THE FEAST OF BLESSED SEELOS-5th Oct 2017

 

 

150th ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF BLESSED FRANCIS XAVIER SEELOS HERE IN FÜSSEN

4th OCTOBER 2017

Holy Mass was celebrated by Parish Priest,Father Frank Deuring for the 150th Anniversary of the death of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos.The congregation started off at the Seelos Shrine located on the left hand side at the back of St Mang Basilica.(Photo above).They then processed via the main isle to the Monk's Choir,located behind the main altar where the Holy Mass was celebrated.Many came to give thanks for the life of Blessed Seelos and pray for more priests,especially from the Parish.Sabine Tiedke played the guitar at the Seelos Shrine & the organ in the Monk's Choir.Michaela & Claudia Rosenthal-English served the Mass and the 1st reading and bidding prayers were  read by Sabine Muller.

As well as the Shrine being decorated there is a display in the porch which includes a 1st class relic of Blessed Seelos.Mass will be celebrated at 1900hrs in St Mang Basilica in honour of Blessed Seelos.

On his official Feast Day-5th October,Mass will be celebrated at 0830hrs in the Church of "Acht Seligkeiten"  Birkstr. 20, west Füssen.
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Miriam Rosenthal-English,who translated the Seelos Novenna of Father Byron Miller C.Ss.R. from English into German,offers prayers of thanksgiving for the help Blessed Seelos has given her.

LOCAL PAPER "FÜSSENER BLATT" LEADS WITH NEWS OF 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH BLESSED FRANCIS XAVIER SEELOS

4th OCTOBER  2017

FÜSSENER BLATT WEBSITE https://www.all-in.de/nachrichten/lokales/Auf-den-Spuren-von-Franz-Xaver-Seelos-in-Fuessen;art26090,2512525

GLORIA TV SHORT FILM IN GERMAN ABOUT BLESSED SEELOS POSTED BY parangutirimicuaro

 

SEELOS LOVING PRIEST RETIRES JUST WEEKS BEFORE 66th ANNIVERSARY IN THE PRIESTHOOD

(03 OCT2017)

Monsignor Arthur W. Bastress was just weeks away from the 66th anniversary of becoming a priest when he had to retire at the age of 90 due to ill-health.He retired from active ministry at the National Shrine of St. Alphonsus Liguori in Baltimore in June 2017.Monsignor was a great lover of Blessed Seelos and celebrated Holy Mass in St Mang Basilica,where Seelos was born,on 12th May 2011.

Monsignor Bastress with the pilgrimage group in front of the Seelos Shrine in Füssen

More about this news story can be found at-https://www.archbalt.org/nearly-66-years-ministry-monsignor-bastress-retires/

 

BLESSED FRANCIS SEELOS ACADEMY-WEXFORD,PENNSYLVANIA

(3 OCT 2017)

The July issue of "Seelos News" printed by the National Shrine of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos in New Orleans,was pleased to mention the New Blessed Francis Seelos Academy in Wexford,Pennsylvania.The school was established in 2017 through a merger of St. Alexis Parish School and St. Alphonsus Parish School.The name for the new school was chosen by the Bishop of Pittsburgh,David Zubik.More information can be found on the school website below

https://nhrces.org/seelos

 Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos  served in Pittsburgh and worked with St. John Neumann in the 1840s at St. Philomena Church in Pittsburgh’s Strip District, which is where the Redemptorist order was centered. Priests from the Redemptorist order served the fledgling St. Alphonsus parish.

 

ENGLISH VERSION OF ALETEIA PUBLISHES SEELOS ARTICLE (3 OCT 2017)

The English version of Aleteia published an article "Top 10 practical tips for holiness according to an American saint" by Philip Kosloski on 11 June 2017.The article gives a brief summary of Blessed Seelos life as well as the 10 tips for holiness.The article is available here-

https://aleteia.org/2017/06/11/top-10-practical-tips-for-holiness-according-to-an-american-saint/

 

US COLLEGE BUILDING NEW "SEELOS CHAPEL"

(03 OCT 2017)

The  president of Donnelly College in Kansas City, Kansas,Monsignor Stuart Swetland was recently interviewed by the National Catholic Register.During the interview he said "We are building a new chapel named for Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, who is not that well known — he was dedicated to helping the poor — learning about him is educational"

HOW THE PARISH OF ST MANG,FÜSSEN WILL CELEBRATE 150th ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF BLESSED SEELOS(12 Sept 2017)

Details are finally coming in about how the St Mang Parish in Füssen,will commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the death of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos,who was born in the parish,11th January 1819.

An article about Blessed Seelos,written by the very knowledgeable,Deacon Fredl Hofmann will appear in the October issue of Katholisch - Füssen

The Deacon is a mine of information about the history and customs of old Füssen and has a great love of Blessed Seelos.He has visited the National Seelos Shrine in New Orleans,as well as the Church of St Mary Assumption where Seelos served in his last post,before dying of yellow fever on 4th October 1867.

The Parish also have a glass display case in the porch which is changed regulaly to show Parish Pilgrimages,activities and also promote The Rosary,St Mang and other Catholic issues.During the month of October it will feature Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos in honour of the 150th Anniversary of his death.We have been informed by one of the priests who works in the Parish,that a special Mass will also be celebrated,this will be on 4th October at 1900hrs in St Mang Basilica.

 

 

BLESSED SEELOS FEATURES IN A REREDOS IN "OUR LADY OF THE MOUNTAINS CHURCH" JASPER,GEORGIA,U.S.A.12 May 2017

When I first came across the name "Reredos",I had to resort to my dictionary.What was this refering too and how did Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos fit into it?

According to the dictionary,a Reredos is a large Altarpiece,screen or decoration placed behind the Altar in a church.It often includes religious images.It can be made of various materials,the one we are interested in is made of wood with niches for the paintings.

I came across a photo of Blessed Seelos I had not seen before the other day whilst searching the web.I traced it back to the Catholic Church of Our Lady of the Mountains,Jasper,Geogia,U.S.A.

Our Lady of the Mountains is a small thriving Parish located in the North Georgia Mountains.The Parish is run by Father Charles Byrd and has over 550 families within its boundaries.

Parish Priest,Father Charles Byrd told me more about the parish and Blessed Seelos.

"We have a first class relic of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, and we have taken our teenagers on pilgrimage to New Orleans and offered the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass there at his shrine. 

Casket containing the remains of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos

Photo Copyright Paul Schwartz

                                  Our reredos is a set of wooden casings that are visible above the stone wall that is behind our altar. These casings allow space for sixteen hand painted portraits or icons of various saints. From the front, you can see only ten, but then on either side (wrapping around) there are three more to make a total of 16 paintings. These were all painted by Kristina Havens (a local artist).We are very proud of her work."

I asked Father Byrd how they came to choose the 16 saints depicted on the reredos,he told us " I picked the saints and blessed, and for different reasons. Americans are made up of many heritages, so I tried to incorporate saints from some of our various homelands. I wanted lay people and clergy, I wanted men and women, and I wanted saints who were not already in our stained glass windows. I also chose some saints that were important to our own nation, like Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos. So I have St. Junipero Serra, and St. John Paul II, and St. Monica and St. Joan of Arc, and St. Miguel Pro and St. Kateri Tekakwitha. They are kind of all over the place, but they all look down upon us now, and inspire us."He did a brilliant job with his choices!

I would recommend that anyone who is in the area makes a visit to this stunning Church which also shares the name of one of  Blessed Seelos' favourite Shrines in Germany-The Frau am Bergkirche in Füssen.Blessed Seelos had a great love of Our Blessed Lady.He often asked his sisters to go and pray for him at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Mountain.Letter contained in the book "Sincerely Seelos" The collected letters of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos edited by Carl Hoegerl,C.Ss.R mention the Shrine on page 69 ref 13 .The Church can be found on the road leading out of Füssen towards the Austrian border,which is 2 kilometres away.It is now only used 2 or 3 times a year,but in the old days,its position on the Via Claudia meant many pilgrims stayed overnight in the two large dormatories located in the roof space of the church.

MORE INFORMATION & NEWS ABOUT BLESSED FRANCIS XAVIER SEELOS CAN BE FOUND ON THE ARCHIVE PAGE

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