Saint Francis Seelos, Apple Strudel and Year of Faith


We begin Augusts installment of our Year of Faith with Francis Seelos. . This is where once a month I highlight a saint that has been listed on the USCCB Saints for the Year of Faith. As I said before, the month of August is dedicated to Francis Seelos.
Francis Seelos was born in Germany on January 11, 1819. He entered the seminary in 1842 after completing his studies in Philosophy.
After meeting the Missionaries of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer. He entered the congregation and was accepted on November 22 1842.
That following year he sailed from France to America. He arrived in New York in April of 1843. He stayed in New York until he was ordained a priest on December 22, 1844 at the Redemptorist Church of St James in Baltimore Maryland.
After being ordained he worked for nine years in the parish of St. Philomena in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. He began as an assistant pastor with St. John Neumann and eventually became the Redemptorist Novice Master.
In 1860 he was proposed as a candidate of the office of Bishop of Pittsburgh. He was excused from his responsibility by Pope Pius IX from 1863-1866 and at that time he dedicated his life to missionary work.
After a short time of Parish Ministry in Detroit, he was then assigned to a parish in New Orleans in 1866. There he was the pastor of the Church of St. Mary of the Assumption. His ministry there was brief, In September of 1867 he contracted Yellow Fever. On October 4, 1867 he succumbed and he died from Yellow Fever. He was 48 years old.

In honor of his German heritage I decided to make an old German favorite, Apple Strudel.


Peace be with you,