Bl Francis Seelos


Bl Francis Seelos was a German-American Roman Catholic priest and Redemptorist missionary.

When a child, asked by his mother what he intended to be, he pointed to the picture of his patron, St. Francis Xavier, and said: “I’m going to be another St. Francis.”

After ordination, he was assigned to St. James, Baltimore.

In May 1845, he was sent to Pittsburg, where he had as superior Ven. John Neumann.

In 1851 Father Seelos was appointed superior of the Pittsburg community, where he laboured untiringly for nine years.

His confessional was constantly besieged by crowds of people of every description and class. It was said by many that he could read their very souls.


About Author

Fr Anthony is a priest of the Congregation of St Michael the Archangel, and is currently the Director of Identity and Mission at the Australian Catholic University.


  1. Wonderful to hear an Australian radio station mentioning Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos and his life.What a great guy he was-Always putting service of Christ first in His life through his love of others.This is really a great saint for young people.So glad that we moved to Füssen Germany from the UK 7 years ago.If we hadn’t our family of 8 wouldn’t have such a great friend in heaven who helps us with our needs.I personally would recommend reading his life story to anyone who is serious about their catholic faith

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