SEELOS HEALING MASS FOR 192 BIRTHDAY(29 Nov 2010)


FRANCISZEK KSAWERY SEELOS(27 Oct 2010)

The Polish version of Wikipedia has become the 4th language with a page about Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos.It can be viewed HERE

The page joins the English,Deutsch and Русский versions.

SEELOS CANONISATION PROCESS ON WAY TO ROME(27 Oct 2010)
The November issue of Seelos News reports the following about the Mary Heibal healing from cancer through the intercession of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos. "On September 21, 2010, Fathers John Vargas & Byron Miller,Redemptorist Vice Postulators, convened in Baltimore to inspect the Acts,and determined the Inquiry to be comprehensive and thorough,with no further proofs to submit or witnesses to propose. The results of this investigation have now been sent to the Congregation of the Causes of the Saints in Rome,thus completing the Diocesan Inquiry phase of the canonization process"

US LOCAL TV STATION WWL-TV NOMINATED FOR AWARD(27 October 2010)
WWL-TV based in New Orleans,Louisiana,USA has had two of its staff nominated for a regional Emmy Award for a programme about the healing of Mary Ellen Heibal from cancer due to the intercession of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos.Reporter,Angela Hill and Cameraman/Editor,Bob Weaver,were nominated in the "Religion News" catagory.They travelled to Baltimore to interview Heibal shortly before she died of natural causes.
Earlier in 2010,Angla Hill won a Edward R.Murrow award for her writing of the story.The origional news item can be found HERE

WIFE OF AMERICAN FOOTBALL STAR SHARES HOW BLESSED SEELOS HELP IN THEIR LIVES(27 October 2010)

This news story was first broken by NewOrleans.com.There Sports Writer,Brian Allee-Walsh wrote about how the wife of John Carney,told those attending the Gala Benefit in New Orleans for the Seelos Canonisation cause that she had been healed thanks to his intercesion.We took the curtesy to ask NewOrleans.com for permission to use their report but they didn't bother to answer.However many sites have copied their report and it is the Front Page Lead Story in the NOVEMBER issue of SEELOS NEWS.The origonal news story can be viewed HERE  

SEELOS NOVENA GERMAN TRANSLATION(18th October 2010)

Although the German Seelos Novena translation has been completed for many months now due to unforseen circumstances it was unable to be printed in time for the 10th Anniversary of the Beatification of Blessed Seelos.
Father Frank Deuring,Parish Priest and Regional Dean of Füssen has checked the translation by Dr.Miriam Rosenthal-English and approved its publication.To start with 50 Copies in the German language will be printed to determin the need.The Novena was origional written by Father Byron Millar,C.Ss.R.Executive Director of the National Director of the National Seelos Center in New Orleans.The Copyright is held by Liguori Publications in Missouri, United States.
This is the official publishing arm of the Redemptorist Order that Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos belonged to.They have granted permision for the German Edition to be given away free.Hopefully it will be available very soon.
The question is will the next translation be Spanish,which the National Seelos Center have asked Liguori Pulications Spanish Deptpartment to look into as there is a great need or will a Polish version be next?A Polish Catholic journalist who is a mother of 4 children has told us she thinking of translating it into Polish when she has the time.With so many Catholics in Poland and her love for Blessed Seelos,it could be that very soon many more will know about this German American Priest who cared so much for souls.Some of the Polish nation have already got to know of his existence through a Polish News story about Priestville and how Seliger Franz Xaver Seelos became the 6th Pope in the online game on Facebook.The story can be read here  

LAST LIVING RELATIVE OF BLESSED FRANCIS XAVER SEELOS MISSES CELEBRATIONS DUE TO ILLNESS(11 October 2010)

The last living relative of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos was unable to attend the Mass in honour of Blessed Seelos on his feast Day 5th October 2010 here in Füssen,Germany.Pralate Karlheinz Knebel,Permanent Representative of the Diocesan Administrator told all present that Frau Lily Neumaier-Aschenbrenner had been ill for a long time and was hospitalised.  Frau Lily Neumaier-Aschenbrenner is the great grandniece of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos.




Frau Neumaier-Aschenbrenner has since 1964 been promoting the cause for canonization of her relative.Above she is seen welcoming the 1st ever organised American Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Blessed Seelos in St Mang Basilica,Füssen.


She has spoken in that time in over 24 countries,spreading the word about the love of Christ,that Blessed Seelos had.She has been awarded with the highest honour the Seelos Shrine can give.She has been inducted into  "The Order of Seelos Witness." We pray she gets better soon.

MEMORIAL BRICK PAVER PLACED IN MEMORY OF BLESSED SEELOS(10th October 2010)(Photos:©Schwartz Family)
St John The Baptist Catholic Church in Savage, MN is in the process of creating a memorial garden dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Parish have decided to use an existing statue of Our Lady as the centerpiece,It origionally came from the Church that stood there in 1902.The  garden has a contemplative prayer area and beautiful landscaping.

One of the ideas they have integrated into the garden is for small paving stones or "pavers" which can be brought for $100.Each paver can be inscribed with the name of someone living or dead.

The Schwartz family in the Parish who have a lot to thank Blesed Seelos for,they claim that their 15 year old,Joey,was healed of cancer through the intercession of Blessed Seelos.It was therefore no surprise that as Parishioners they wanted to say thank you to Blessed Seelos  have  one of the pavers inscribed with "BLESSED FATHER SEELOS"


SEELOS  SHRINE HONOUR(9th October 2010)

Whilst here in Germany we celebrated the Feast of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos with Holy Mass,a lecture about his spirituality and a slide show about New Orleans,the Seelos Center and St Mary's Assumption Church,over in New Orleans they had a Banquet!

The Annual Gala Banquet was this year held in the Audubon Tea Room in New Orleans.As is usual during this event people got up to witness to the intercession of Blessed Seelos in their lives.Another thing that happens occassionally is that the Seelos Shrine bestow their highest honour on person who have help to further the cause of Blessed Seelos.This year Father John Kelly C.Ss.R. received the honour of being inducted into  "The Order of Seelos Witness."

Father Kelly has been a Redemptorist for over 66 years and wherever he has served he has promoted the spirituality of Blessed Seelos as well as trying to advance his canonisation cause.

More info can be found HERE ,


THE PILGRIMAGES KEEP COMING(9th October 2010)

It is hard to believe that until a few years ago there had never been an organised Pilgrimage from the United States to Füssen.2010 has been a boom year for them at least 10 have visited,mostly due to pilgrims booking to  go to the world famous Passion Play in Oberamagua.But what has been good is the number of pilgrimages that have come to Füssen because of it being the birthplace of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos.The last pilgrimage to visit Füssen was a small Franciscan Parish led by Father Barnabus.

They were very friendly and they visited on the Feast of the Archangels,Michael,Raphael and  Gabriel.It was an honour to be at the Holy Mass with them and so uplifting.


They were on of the few groups that didn't know about Blessed Seelos,but a couple on the pilgrimage were delighted to know about him as the husband is suffering fromm cancer.He was blessed with the 1st class Seelos relic and delighted to have learnt about him.


SELIGER FRANZ XAVER SEELOS IS POPE!(8th October 2010)

Here at Seelos in Füssen,we had a new chance to bring to the attention of thousands the life of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos.A new internat game has appeared on Facebook called Priestville and it has between 12600 and 14000 players playing every month on a regular basis.The idea is to try and work your way up from ordination to Pope.In between you become a Monsignor,Bishop,Archbishop,Cardinal and if you are very lucky the virtual Pope.We choose the Name "Seliger Franz Xaver Seelos" because we live in Füssen.Many have cocntacted us to know more about him and we have regulaly shared news about him during the 8 weeks we have been playing the game.On the day before the conclave for the next Pope in the game Seliger Seelos was in 5th place.It was actually the feast day of Blessed Seelos 5th October.Suddenly the developers changed all the rules because some were accused of cheating to get to the top.Many who were at the top tumbled down the ranks and so it was that after the changes Seliger Seelos was in a very bad positon.With the conclave voting at 0200hrs German Time and only 3 hours to go we had to start all over again.We added some friends we had dropped from the Seelos Diocese earlier in the day and it was enough to have the name of Seliger Franz Xaver Seelos shining brightly as Pope.Many especially those from New Orleans and the Louisianna area who play the game were amassed that whilst in Germany it was 0200hrs on the 6th October,in the USA,it was still the feast of Blessed Seelos.Although in real life Blessed Seelos never wanted to be a Bishop,in cyberspace he has become Pontiff until the 12th October.


FÜSSEN CELEBRATES 10th ANNIVERSARY OF SEELOS BEATIFICATION(8th October 2010)


On Thursday 7th October,Our Deacon,Fredl Hofmann,his wife Annelise and son,Dominikus gave a slide presentation of their trip to New Orleans and the National Seelos Shrine and St Mary's Assumption Church. Deacon Hoffmann told us how a youngster growing up in Füssen in a large family who were also poor,he had a lot in common with Blessed Seelos and at a young age came to admire him.

He was delighted to have been in Rome 10 years ago in 2000,when Pope John Paul II beatified him.His son Dominikus had paid for he and his wife,Annelies to travel with him to America.They arrived by plane in Atlanta,and travelled donw the east coast of Florida to Key West.Returning up the west coast on their way to New Orleans.

Here they were made most welcome by Joyce Bourgeois,Seelos Center Administrator and her staff.

They showed over 60 people the photos they had taken in the Shrine & St Mary's Assumption Church,the last Parish he served in.It was a spiritually uplifting experience for all who attended as the Deacon told us the life story of Blessed Seelos adding things that only a Füssener would know about! Parish Prist,Father Frank Deuring thanked the Hoffmann family for a wonderful evening and presented them with two bottles of Magnus Wine.

On Wednesday 6th October,Father Schalk C.Ss.R.a Redemptorist Priest from Munich gave a lecture to 30 people about the life of Blessed Seelos and his spirituality.The talk was well  appreciated by his German audience.

Parish Priest,Father Frank Deuring thanked him for the enlightening lecture and presented Father Schalk with a bottle of Magnus Wine.

Seelos 10th Anniversary of Beatification Mass Report to follow

After the Festival Mass on 5th with the Principle Celebrant the Permanent Representative of the Diocesan Administrator,Pralate Karlheinz Knebel people lit candles before a large banner of Blessed Seelos.

HOW THE CATHOLIC SUNDAY PAPER FOR THE DIOCESE OF AUGSBURG REPORTED THE 3 DAY CELEBRATION



SEELOS FEASTDAY PREPARATIONS IN FÜSSEN
ST MANG BASILICA

ACHT SELIGKEITEN-WEST FÜSSEN

 5 OCTOBER 2010
1900hrs
Festival Mass of Blessed Seelos,marking the 10th Anniversary of beatification of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos.
Sermon given by Pralate Karlheinz Knebel-Permanent Representative of the Diocesan Administrator
St Mang Basilica Füssen
6 OCTOBER 2010
2000hrs
Lecture
Father Schalk C.Ss.R.
"Holy Admiration-The view of the Redemptorists"(In German)
Franciscan Cloister,Füssen
7 OCTOBER 2010
2000hrs
Lecture
Deacon Alfred Hofmann,his wife Annelies and their son Dominikus.(In German)
"Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos in New Orleans"
Talk about their visit to the National Shrine and Visitor Center of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos in New Orleans earlier this year.

Franciscan Cloister,Füssen-

EWTN SEELOS COVERAGE(5th Ocotber 2010)

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US SEELOS PILGRIMAGE HELP RESUSITATE GERMAN MAN WHO COLLAPSED IN THE MAGNUSPLATZ OUTSIDE THE BASILICA(15th September 2010)


15th September saw yet another group of 43 Pilgrims from the United States visiting the birthplace of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos.They were given a tour of all the places that were related to Francis Xavier's life here in the city of Füssen.After the tour a short break was taken in one of the local Ice Cafes.It was just after this that some members of the pilgrimage tried to save the life of Franz,a German man who had fallen over in the street sustaining a head injury and cardiac arrest.Whilst an american nurse on the pilgrimage started resusitation via CPR an ambulance was called and others prayed for him.He was blessed with a 1st class Seelos relic as well as given the Sacrament of the Sick by one of the Pilgrimage Priests.He was still alive on enterring the ambulance.The pilgrimage Mass followed immediatly after and Franz and his wife were amongst the intentions prayed for by all.   Photos can be viewed here


SEELOS PILGRIMAGE MASS SEPTEMBER 10th(11th September 2010)


A group of 69 American pilgrims visited Füssen on Friday 10th September 2010.They were given a tour of all the places associated with Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos in Füssen.They saw the family grave,St Stephan's Franciscan Church,The house where he was born,the Spitalkirche,River Lech and Frau-Am-Berg Kirche(Our Lady of the Mountain Shrine),the school he attended as well as the house he lived in when his father was sacristan of St Mang Basilica.


GROUP PHOTO OUTSIDE THE BASILICA

Finally they toured the Basilica itself where they saw the baptismal font where Blessed Seelos was baptised as well as viewing the small Shrine to Blessed Seelos.All the pilgrims were delighted to be able to put their prayer requests in the box located in the Shrine area and to light a candle for their intercessions.Three priests celebrated Mass in honour of Blessed Seelos at 1800hrs.


The Priest's 2nd cousin giving her testamony at the beginning of Mass
At the beginning of Mass,the 2nd cousin of the Spiritual Director of the Pilgrimage gave her personal testamony of how Blessed Seelos had interceded for her and saved her from death.After Mass another 2nd cousin of the Priest who is a religious sister gave her witness of love for Our Mother,Mary in the form of a hip hop song.Two couples also received a special Blessing from one of the priests on the occasion of their Golden Wedding Anniversary.The pilgrims left the Basilica after Mass greatly uplifted by their experience.Next stop was Munich.The previous day they had all been thrilled by the Passion Play at Oberamagau.The Austrian tour guide,Julia Woodwards who is charge of the group of 69 American pilgrims had to rearrange the schedule of her tour as the group so wanted to visit Füssen and have Holy Mass celebrated in the very Church where Blessed Seelos was Baptised,Confirmed and made his 1st Confession and 1st Holy Communion.

The Priest's 2nd cousin(L) who is alive today due to the intercession of Blessed Seelos.
Origionally the group had planned to have Holy Mass celebrated at 1130hrs Saturday 11th September.The group was also able to enjoy some of the food and drink in the local Italien Ice Cafes in the middle of their tour.Over 8 groups of Pilgims have visited from the United States this year and the next group is due on Wednesday 15th September 2010.



NEW ORLEANS PILGRIMAGE TO FÜSSEN-VIDEO OF GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY BLESSING AND A RAP NUN TELLING US HER LOVE FOR OUR LADY