Bl. Solanus Casey Relic
Veneration Schedule
(in the Church)

Thursday, February 28, 2019
Tuesday, March 5, 2019

“I give my soul to Jesus Christ.”

Click here to go to the Archdiocese of Detroit’s Fr. Solanus Casey Web Page.

Click here to go to the CAPUCHIN FRANCISCAN PROVINCE OF ST. JOSEPH’s Fr. Solonus Casy Web Page.

Veneration Schedule

Thursday, 2/28
Opening Prayer Service, 7:00 pm w/veneration

Friday, 3/1
9:00 am – 12:00 noon

Saturday, 3/2
9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Mass of Healing @ 4:30 pm
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Sunday, 3/3
Between Masses, until 2:00 pm
Masses of Healing @ 8:30 am, 10:00 am, 12:00 noon
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Monday, 3/4
9:00 am – 12:00 noon
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (during RE classes)

Tuesday, 3/5
9:00 am – 12:00 noon
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm (during RE classes)

This extraordinary film explores the heroic life of a remarkable, modern-day mystic, Father Solanus Casey, who was relegated to doing little more than being a simple doorman in his monastery. But God would transform the role his superiors assigned him, appointing it a far greater significance to be continued even beyond his earthly life: that of prophet, healer, and intercessor.

Friend on the Journey

Fr. Solanus died at the age of 86 in 1957.  During his final illness he remarked, “I’m offering my sufferings that all might be one.  If only I could see the conversion of the whole world.”  20,000 people came to the visitation and 8,000 to his funeral.  Thousands of souls were touched through this simple and humble soul who dedicated his life to love like Jesus did.  He is a source of great pride for the city of Detroit as he continues to be a friend on the journey through his intercession.  Solanus Casey has been declared “Blessed” which acknowledges he is in heaven in union with God.  This declaration was made after a woman was cured from an incurable, genetic skin disease.  Many cures and favors have been received through Fr. Solanus’ intercession and people continue to visit his tomb asking for his prayers.

Witness to Faith

Fr. Solanus was given simple tasks like directing altar servers, serving as sacristan and as a porter.  His approach to these tasks was one of patience and love, making the friary a place of welcome, especially for the lost.  His miraculous intercession and comforting words of counsel drew many to visit him.  Through detachment of earthly desires, meditation on the Passion of Jesus, desiring God’s will and deep prayer, Fr. Solanus grew in intimacy with Jesus and became the power of the Gospel to those he met.

Eyes Fixed on Jesus

At age 12, Fr. Solanus had a powerful encounter with Jesus as he grew to love Scripture and the Catholic Faith.  Fr. Solanus knew he was called to become a priest after witnessing a tragic death of a woman while at work as a streetcar conductor.  While Fr. Solanus excelled in prayer and virtue, he struggled in his academic studies and was advised to enter a religious order.  After praying a novena, he heard Mary tell him to “go to Detroit.”  He joined the Capuchins at St. Bonaventure receiving the name Friar Francis Solanus.  In 1924, Fr. Solanus was ordained a priest simplex meaning he could not hear confessions or preach homilies.  He spent his life witnessing holiness through humility, charity, and gratitude.

Humble and Holy

Bl. Solanus Casey was born Bernard Francis Casey, nick-named Barney on November 25, 1870.  He grew up in a large family (one of sixteen children) in Wisconsin.  His parents set a beautiful example of selfless Christ-like love.  It was in that atmosphere of self-sacrifice and strong faith practiced in the home that helped form Fr. Solanus’ love for Jesus.  His childhood was rich in love, steeped in Catholic tradition. The children shared a love for sports, hunting, fishing, swimming, skiing, and skating. The ten boys formed their own baseball team: The Casey Nine.  Barney played catcher, usually without a glove. The other boys enjoyed boxing, but Barney would not participate. Inflicting pain on another person was not aligned with his values.