Father Solanus Casey's beatification ceremony to be held Nov. 18 at Ford Field

Father Solanus Casey to be elevated to Blessed in Roman Catholic Church

DETROIT – Father Solanus Casey's beatification ceremony will be held Nov. 18 at Ford Field in Downtown Detroit, the Capuchin Franciscan Order of St. Joseph in Detroit announced.

The arrangement follows the historic announcement by Pope Francis on May 4 that Casey will be elevated to Blessed in the Roman Catholic Church.

Information about tickets for the event will be released by Aug. 15.

Ford Field will be set up to accommodate approximately 60,000 guests for the ceremony.

More about Solanus Casey

A member of the Capuchin Franciscan Order of St. Joseph in Detroit and one of the co-founders of the city’s Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Casey was born November 25, 1870, and died July 31, 1957. He will be the second American-born male to be beatified. The first is Father Stanley Rother, a North American priest who died in 1981 and will also be beatified later this year. A photograph of Casey is available here. For questions about the beatification ceremony, please call the Solanus Center at 313-579-2100 ext. 0 or email amorris@thecapuchins.org.

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"We are filled with joy at receiving the final date of the beatification of Father Solanus," said Father Michael Sullivan, of OFM Cap. and Provincial Minister of the Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph. "It is a beautiful way to celebrate the 60th anniversary of his passing."

"I’m grateful to hear from the Capuchin friars that the date of the beatification has been finalized," said Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron, Archdiocese of Detroit. "The beatification of Father Solanus will be a tremendous blessing for the whole community of southeast Michigan, an opportunity for all of us to experience the love of Jesus Christ."

Throughout his ministry, beginning in New York for 20 years, serving at three different parishes, Solanus was a beloved Capuchin Friar credited with miraculous cures and valued for his wise and compassionate counsel. He served at St. Bonaventure Monastery on Mt. Elliott Street in Detroit, where he worked for 21 years as a pastor and spent his life in the service of people, endearing himself to thousands who would seek his counsel. He earned the recognition as ‘the Doorkeeper’ -- a brother who would provide soup for the hungry, kind words for the troubled, and a healing touch for the ill.

The Detroit Capuchins continue their ministry to the poor and the sick and those in need. They operate the Solanus Casey Center, which attracts 250,000 visitors a year.

Solanus co-founded the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in 1929 and today it serves Metro Detroit by providing food, clothing and human-development programs to the people of the community. In addition to preparing and serving up to 2,000 meals a day, they have an emergency food pantry, service center and a tutoring program for children. Its Earthworks Urban Farm harvests six tons of produce from a two-and-a-half acre organic farm. The Soup Kitchen’s On the Rise Bakery assists individuals re-entering society after bouts of incarceration or substance abuse.

In addition, the Capuchin Soup Kitchen’s Jefferson House – a 12-bed residential treatment facility -- assists indigent males seeking to reclaim their lives from addiction.

The work of the Capuchin Friars is funded primarily by donations, receiving no government assistance.

About the Father Solanus guild

The Father Solanus Guild, a Capuchin ministry, initiated the Cause of Solanus Casey for sainthood in 1966 and continues to keep alive the inspiring memory of Solanus; sharing knowledge of his exemplary life, collecting information about his life and work; providing prayer, support, and offering services to the Vice Postulator for the Cause of Solanus Casey.

About the Solanus Casey center

Inspired by the holy life of Solanus, the Solanus Casey Center opened its doors in 2002 to lead visitors on a spiritual journey.  Thousands come to the center each year for prayer, to nurture the spirit, and to visit Solanus’ tomb.

In 1998, the Capuchin superiors recognized a need for a more hospitable way to receive the multitude of visitors who come to the tomb of Solanus each year. The result is the beautiful and enriching Solanus Casey Center, where Casey’s tomb is now located. It also facilitates the spiritual needs of visitors, drawing them into a pilgrimage of faith that inspires in all who visit an invitation to holiness in their own lives.

The Solanus Casey Center and Father Solanus Guild are ministries of the Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph headquartered in Detroit, which includes Capuchin ministries worldwide.

About the Capuchins

The Capuchins are an international community of friars modeling themselves after St. Francis of Assisi.  The brothers of the Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph, headquartered in Detroit, serve in a variety of ministries including social service, schools, chaplaincies, retreat house and parishes in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Montana, Arizona, and Panama. Established at Mt. Calvary, Wisconsin in 1857, there are currently 169 members in the St. Joseph province.

About the Archdiocese of Detroit

The Roman Catholic presence in southeast Michigan dates to 1701 with the arrival of French missionaries. By 1833, the Diocese of Detroit was officially established; it was elevated to the status of an archdiocese in 1937.

Seventh largest in the United States, it administers parishes, schools, and institutions within the City of Detroit, as well as Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, St. Clair, and Lapeer counties.

Served by the Rev. Allen Henry Vigneron, its 10th bishop (and fifth archbishop), the archdiocese -- its priests and people alike -- is currently and enthusiastically engaged in promulgating and promoting faith in Jesus Christ through its initiative to "Unleash the Gospel."

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