Capuchin Franciscan Father Solanus Casey to be beatified this weekend

Photo Courtesy of the Capuchin Franciscan Order of St. Joseph in Detroit via Catholic News Agency

Venerable Father Solanus Casey, OFM Cap. will be beatified on Saturday, Nov. 18 at Ford Field in Detroit. The stadium holds 60,000 people

Born in Wisconsin in 1870, the sixth of sixteen children to Irish immigrants, Fr. Solanus, known as Bernard then, led a life of powerful simplicity. He struggled in minor seminary and was eventually encouraged to become a priest through a religious order.

He still struggled, but in 1907 was ordained by the Capuchin’s Detroit province a “sacerdos simplex” – a priest who can say Mass, but not publically preach or hear confessions.

It didn’t matter because he was very close to the sick and was highly sought-after throughout his life, in part because of the many physical healings attributed to his blessings and intercession. He was also a co-founder of Detroit’s Capuchin Soup Kitchen in 1929.

For 21 years he was porter at St. Bonaventure Monastery in Detroit.

Fr. Casey died of a skin affliction in 1957 at the age of 87.

For the National Catholic Reporter (Nov. 16, 2017) summary,click here.

For the Catholic News Agency (Nov. 8, 2017) report, click here.

For the NCR (Nov. 13, 2017) summary of Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Vatican nuncio to the US’s remarks on Fr. Solanus and Blessed Fr. Stanley Rother, click here.