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November 2, 2010

Sainthood cause for Blessed Seelos moves one step forward

From the National Shrine of Blessed Seelos:

On September 25, 2010, the official Diocesan Inquiry into an alleged extraordinary healing through the intercession of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos was finalized. Baltimore Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien convoked the Diocesan Inquiry Phase in May 2009. 

The fact-finding Inquiry Panel investigated the case and heard the testimony of Mary Ellen Heibel, her primary physician and nurse, and other key witnesses, concerning Heibel’s cure of metastasized esophageal cancer. Heibel, a devout Catholic and parishioner of St. Mary’s Church in Annapolis, MD, had  been cancer-free since January 2005, even though the disease had spread to her liver, lungs, back, and sternum, and medical treatment had failed. The cancer disappeared one week after she helped begin a weekly Seelos novena in her parish.

On October 11, 2010, the Redemptorist Postulator General, Rev. Antonio Marrazzo, submitted the results of this investigation to the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints at the Vatican. With the Diocesan Phase of the canonization process now complete, Marrazzo’s formal petition for the Decree of Unsealing the Acts effectively begins the Roman Phase. 

At some point in the near future, the case will undergo proper scrutiny by Vatican authorities who will determine if the cure meets the criteria for the one miracle needed in Seelos’ canonization.

You are kindly urged to pray for his canonization.

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Comments (4) total

regina travis | Mon 12/26/2011 1:03 PM

My daughter, Anne Marie,age 45, has been battling lipo sarcoma for 4 yrs.She has had 2 sugeries, several rounds of chemo, radiation twice and on 1 16 12 is due for another surgery to remove a tumor.Surgery scheduled in Manhattan at Sloan Kettering. Surgery postponed Nov 11 after surgeon had to repair bowel after tumor had perforated.Surgeon managed to do that without colostomy and moved tumor away from colon. I only recently heard of Blessed Seelos thru article in current Liguorian magazine. I am very interested in the Novena to him and information on his intercession beyond what was published in the Liguorian article. Anne Marie's situation is very dire at this time.

Catarina D. | Sat 06/30/2012 12:35 PM

Although my story does not pertain to a life-changing/feat of nature occurence, such as a cancer cure, I would like to share the outcomes of my prayers with Blessed Father Seelos. After graduating from law school and passing the bar, I applied for countless jobs to no avail. In this tough market, finding any employment is difficult. Within the majority of the scarce number of jobs available for application, they require years of experience. It was extremely difficult to retain an employer's attention due to my status as a fairly recent graduate. More than a year after I graduated from law school, I was becoming more and more restless. One day, my best friend's mother came back from Louisiana, and gave me Blessed Father Seelos' relic. She also provided me with pamplets regarding Blessed Father Seelos' life and works. She shared that while in Louisiana, she prayed for Blessed Father Seelos' intercession to help her husband find a job. When she returned home from her trip to Louisiana, her husband was called for an interview, in which he secured employment. Subsequently, I also began praying for Blessed Father Seelos' intercession. Approximately, about a month later, I was interviewed, and offered a great job. Although this is not a feat of nature occurrence, I believe this is a miraculous occurrence as I personally know a large number of people who are struggling to find a job in this tough market.

Indrani Alvarez | Tue 09/18/2012 1:51 PM

I feel that Father Seelos should become a Saint. There have been alot of miracles done by him. Why is the Vatican ignoring Father Seelos? Don't they think he's worth it? I along with my fiancee pray to Father Seelos every day. We believe in him as well as Jesus and God.

Adelaida Salinas | Sun 11/11/2012 9:28 PM

I regret that I did not know of Father's Seelos spiritual power, to address it to my mother who left us 7 years ago and my beloved sister, who was the oldest passed-away a year and a half ago with cancer. I am wheelchair-bound and have just heard of Father Seelos, and I have faith that he will make me a devotee. I have faith in prayers and miracles.

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