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Venerable Solanus Casey

On May 4, 2017, Pope Francis announced that Father 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, has passed the rigorous test assigned to the process of Sainthood, by being elevated from Venerable to Blessed by the Roman Catholic Church.

Throughout his ministry, beginning in New York for 20 years, serving at three different parishes, Fr. 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 porter 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. Fr. David Preuss, Solanus Casey Center Director stated, “We pray that Fr. Solanus’ message of thankful prayer and service to the poor be continued in our midst. We look forward to his message becoming better known as he receives the honor of beatification.”

News Coverage

The Michigan Catholic

The Detroit Free Press

The Detroit News

"“When we think of past blessings and merciful providence--notwithstanding our sins--whereby God has blessed us, why should we not foster confidence by thanking Him for the future.”
- Fr. Solanus Casey


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Detroit Solanus Casey Center
1780 Mt Elliott St.
Detroit, MI 48207

Open M-F: 9:00am to 5:00p
Saturdays/Sundays: 9:00am to 5:00p
CLOSED on Major Holidays


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