Maria is a native of New Orleans.  She is married with three children.  She enjoys volunteering at her daughters’ school and attending their sports events.  Maria found the beauty and peacefulness of the Seelos Center very comforting, which led her to volunteer in the gift shop.   Maria is a licensed realtor.


 Lorraine is a native of New Orleans and has three daughters and eight grandchildren.  She works part-time in her daughter and son-in-law’s business.  In addition to volunteering at the Seelos Center, she and her husband usher at the St. Philip Neri four o’clock Mass.   Lorraine has been a leader in her community serving as past-president of the National Association of Accountant’s Ladies Club and Treasurer of the St. Philip Neri Ladies Club.  She volunteers in the gift shop and as a tour guide and prayer-partner as often as her busy schedule allows.



Norris is one of the most dedicated volunteer at the Seelos Center.  As a much sought-after prayer-partner, he is in the Shrine every Monday from 9 Am till 3 PM,.   Norris is also available to visit and pray with the sick in local area hospitals.  Norris also offers his talents as an all-around skilled handyman for the Seelos Welcome Center.  In addition to general handy-man jobs, he provides his gifted talent for wood working and carpentry.   Norris also finds time to volunteer at his parish church.


Wilmae is the longest tenured volunteer at the Seelos Welcome Center.  She has served through four different Directors of the Center namely: Frs. Joseph Elworthy, Monroe Perrier, Byron Miller, and Harry Grile.   Wilmae works in the office two days a week preparing correspondence for Fr. Grile.  Prior to contracting out the mailing of the monthly newsletter, Wilmae and her husband, Joseph, took on the task of getting all of the newsletters in the mail. In her smiling and humble way, she has also done a hundred other little jobs that keep the Center alive for the Seelos cause.



Marina is a native of Caracas , Venezuela and has been in the States since 1965. She is married, mother of 4 and grandmother of 7 children. She holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering but is now retired to pursue and artistic career using watercolors as a medium.  She is a teacher of Religious Education at her Church and loves reading and art. She has a great faith in Blessed Seelos and loves working at the gift shop.


Tracey volunteers in the gift shop or where needed.  Born and raised in the New Orleans area, she now resides on the Northshore.  She never knew the Seelos Center existed until the age of 50, when she was diagnosed with cancer. Since praying to Blessed Seelos and receiving her healing, she is now three years cancer free.  When not at the Seelos Welcome Center, she spends her time with her children and grandchildren,  She is also a distributor for Young Living Essential Oils. [/caption]


Dr. Lawrence Francis "Bill" Zimmermann

Bill volunteers as a tour guide and prayer-partner every Tuesday, and on other days when a tour guide is needed.

Bill is a native of New Orleans.  Bill’s family history goes all the way back to the 1850s and 60s when St. Mary’s was being built, and when Blessed Seelos was the Rector of St. Mary’s Assumption Church.  Many visitors who lived in the Irish Channel in the 1940s and 50s remember Miss Annie at Bill’s family’s religious store on the corner of Constance and Josephine Streets, it was in business from 1855 to 1957.  When Bill is not at the Seelos Center, he is a college professor teaching management courses, and at home cooking lunches for the Tuesday Seelos lunch-bunch.