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ANNAPOLIS, Md.

- The Archdiocese of Baltimore is preparing a report to send to the Vatican to investigate what could be a modern-day miracle.

Parishioners at St.

Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Annapolis are hoping the pope will certify that Mary Ellen Heibel's cure for cancer was heaven sent.

She was a cancer patient with no hope of survival."It spread to my liver, two places in one lung and the other lung," Heibel told FOX 5.

"My back and my sternum, too.

It spread all over." That was five years ago.

Doctors told 7-year-old Heibel she would certainly die.

But then a friend suggested she pray to a 19th century priest of the Redemptorist order who worked at her hometown church, St.

Mary's, in the 1860s.

Heibel also wore a tiny fragment of the priest's bone in a relic locket around her neck.

"And then I had my CAT scan and all the tumors had left," Heible says.

"They had all disappeared." With just a week's worth of prayers to the Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, Mary Ellen Heibel was cured."I just didn't know what to think," said Heibel.

"I was thrilled." So too, she says, was her oncologist."He just said nothing like that had ever happened to him before," Heibel explained.

When did she start thinking her cure was divinely inspired?"Right away I think you know," said Heibel.

"Just had to be.

I mean where did all the tumors go?" Images of Francis Seelos are everywhere at St.

Mary's One stands out in a stain glass window in the front of the church."You can see Blessed Seelos and the seminarians," Fr.

Louis Alphonsus Olive implored his visitors.Fr.

Olive is also a priest of the Redemptorist order and has spent the past nine years at St.

Mary's.

He says faith in saintly beings work wonders."It's all through the power of God," Olive said.

"That our God uses these human instruments, these saints, to accomplish great things." After two stints at St.

Mary's in the 1860's, Francis Seelos was transferred to Louisiana.

"Blessed Seelos died in New Orleans ministering to people with yellow fever," Mary Sullivan told FOX 5.

She was raised in New Orleans and now works for the Catholic Conference in Maryland."So there's a great devotion and following to (Seelos in Louisiana) and being from the New Orleans area we always had a great love of him and devotion to him." Francis Seelos was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 2000-- the first step toward sainthood.

"I think it's pretty awesome, don't you?" asked Mrs.

Heibel, a mother of four with a retired Orthodontist husband and 11 grandchildren.



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