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Francis Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, a Redemptorist from Bavaria, came to the United States to be ordained. He began work as a curate to St. John Neumann in Pennsylvania, and inspired by Neumann’s ability to reach out to the diocese, Francis became adept as a spiritual advisor. He was able to deliver Bible teachings in a way that everyone could understand, wanting to teach the faith to the very youngest in his community. Like many other inspiring religious people, Francis put others before himself. In caring for those with yellow fever, he contracted the disease himself and died at the age of 48. Of course, choosing the name Francis for a baby would also mean he’d share the same moniker as the current pope!

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