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Blessed Solanus Casey

July 30, 2018

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Bernard Francis Casey worked as a lumberjack, a hospital orderly, a prison guard, and a street car operator in Wisconsin and Minnesota before discerning a call to the priesthood. Academic difficulties prevented him from being ordained as a diocesan priest, but when the Blessed Mother directed him in prayer to go to Detroit, he did and there entered the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin. After a series of assignments, he landed at Saint Bonaventure monastery in Detroit, where he served as the doorkeeper and in the kitchen. He became widely known for his great compassion and his good advice, and soon was widely sought after. The special masses he held for the sick were especially well-attended, and even during his lifetime people reported miraculous healings attributed to his prayers. Father Casey loved to play the violin and often joined the other monks in games of tennis and volleyball; but he was also known for praying in the quiet of the night before the Blessed Sacrament. He befriended and ministered to people of other religions, and had a special compassion for those who had no faith. “I’m offering my suffering that all might be one,” he remarked during his final illness. “If only I could see the conversion of the whole world.”

More information:

“Thank God Ahead of Time”: A Look at Solanus Casey

Father Solanus Guild: Who is Blessed Solanus?

Wikipedia: Blessed Solanus Casey



July 30, 2018
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