I feel that with Fr. Casey’s beatification, we are one step closer to an avalanche of American saints being declared. How beautuful would that be?
Beatification of Father Solanus Casey draws 70,000 faithful #Catholics to Detroit.
When Father Solanus Casey is beatified Saturday as “Blessed Solanus,” the legendary Detroit Catholic priest will become an even greater inspiration, and rarity.
The Capuchin will be the third American-born person to be beatified in the U.S. He’ll become one of three Americans who currently hold the title of Blessed, one step away from being named a Catholic #saint.
By a decree of Pope Francis, Casey will be honored because Catholic officials say a #Panamanian woman’s #prayer at Casey’s tomb in Detroit was answered by a #miracle: her skin disease healed through his intercession.
Nearly 70,000 people — from parishes across metro Detroit as well as #Ireland, #Italy, #Guam and #Panama — are expected to pack Ford Field for the beatification ceremony. About 500 #priests will be in attendance, including 235 brown-robed Capuchin friars and four red-robed Catholic cardinals.
The beatification ceremony is a typical Catholic mass, but it will be the largest held in metro Detroit since St. John Paul II, then pope of the worldwide Catholic #Church, celebrated #mass before 90,000 at the Pontiac Silverdome in 1987.
Father Solanus was a member of the Capuchin #Franciscan Order of St. Joseph and helped start the renowned Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit. “Father Solanus is, in some ways, one of the premier citizens of our city,” said #Detroit #Catholic Archbishop Allen Vigneron. He added that Casey’s beatification will be a “jubilant celebration” and recognition that #PopeFrancis “sees great holiness in Father’s life."