Solanus Casey Center

Detroit Solanus Casey Center, 1780 Mt Elliott St, Detroit, Michigan, Združene države Amerike

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+1 313 579 2100

Open Daily: 9:00am to 5:00pm

The Solanus Casey Center is a spiritual oasis where souls are nourished. It is a place of peace and the presence of God’s healing grace experienced through the intercession of Venerable Solanus.

It is an anchor of authentic Catholic values and spirituality for generations past, present and future.

Father Solanus Casey – Biography

Father Solanus Casey, Capuchin, was born on November 25, 1870 on a farm in Wisconsin. His Irish immigrant parents named him Bernard. He was the sixth child in a family of ten boys and six girls. After he left the farm he worked throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota as a logger, a hospital orderly, a street car operator, and a prison guard.

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At the age of 21, Bernard entered St. Francis High School Seminary in Milwaukee to study for the diocesan priesthood. Five years later he decided to enter a religious order. He was invested in the Capuchin Order at Detroit in 1897 and received his religious name of Solanus.

After his ordination in 1904, Father Solanus spent 20 years in New York, Harlem, and Yonkers. In 1924 he was sent to St. Bonaventure Monastery in Detroit where he worked for 20 years. In 1945, he returned to New York for one year. He was assigned to Huntington, Indiana from 1946 to 1956. He was reassigned to St. Bonaventure in 1956.

Father Solanus spent his life in the service of people. At the monastery door, he met thousands of persons from every age and walk of life. In time of trouble and sorrow, they sought his prayers and advice. Many attributed favors to his prayers. He constantly showed his love of God by loving all of God’s people. He was always ready and willing to listen to anyone any time of the day or night. In return he asked people to love and support the missions.

During his final illness, he remarked: “I’m offering my suffering that all might be one. If only I could see the conversion of the whole world.” His last conscious act was to sit up in bed and exclaim, “I give my soul to Jesus Christ.” He died in Detroit at the age of 86 on July 31, 1957 and is buried at St. Bonaventure Monastery.

Your Pilgrimage

Adults: Upon completion of your pilgrimage, the following ideas are suggested as culmination activities:

  • Canned food and clothing drive to help feed and clothe the poor
  • A daily/weekly prayer for the Beatification of Venerable Solanus Casey
  • Study the spirituality of Father Solanus and discover ways that you can adopt his spirituality in your own life.

Students/Children:

  • Have your class organize a canned food or clothing drive to help feed and clothe the poor
  • A daily/weekly prayer for the Beatification of Venerable Solanus Casey
  • Acts of kindness journal
  • Dedicate a wall or bulletin board in your school to Solanus Casey
  • Create a pathway to sainthood booklet
  • A Solanus Play (Reenactment of the life of Solanus as a young man and a Capuchin)
  • The Beatitudes of Christ (List individuals who are peacemakers in the world today)
  • List the corporal and spiritual works of mercy and offer suggestions of ways these works of mercy can be lived out.

The Solanus Casey Center is located 1780 Mount Elliott Street, Detroit, MI 48207, between St. Paul and Kercheval Streets. Approximately three blocks north of Jefferson Avenue and only a few minutes from downtown Detroit and the major expressways.

From I-94
Take the Mount Elliott Street exit.
Head South on Mount Elliott (toward the river) and follow for about 2 miles just past Kercheval Street.
You will see the steeple of the Church on the Left (East) side of the street.

From Jefferson Avenue (Grosse Pointe)
Follow Jefferson Avenue West toward Downtown. Make a Right turn onto Mount Elliot Street (there is a Walgreen’s on the Corner). Follow for 3 long blocks, just past St. Paul Street— you will see our steeple on the Right (East) Side of the street

Message

Father Solanus Casey spoke in a soft and quiet voice to all who came to him for help. And he prayed. Some say his prayers cured illness. All say his serenity and counsel gave them peace.

He was born into a family with simple faith. He maintained that simple faith all his years. In everything, Fr. Solanus took God’s word to heart. He believed every prayer is answered in God’s own way.

In 1958, the Capuchin Minister General called Fr. Solanus “an extraordinary example of a true Capuchin and a replica of St. Francis.”

This tribute confirmed the many reports that began to come in from people everywhere about the outstanding virtues of Fr. Solanus.

He had faithfully served the people of Detroit, MI, Huntington, IN, New York City and Yonkers, NY by providing soup for the hungry, kind words for the troubled, and a healing touch for the ill. Wherever he served, people would line up for blocks for a moment with Fr. Solanus.

The Fr. Solanus Guild, a Capuchin ministry dedicated to sharing the holiness of Fr. Solanus, reports that many have asked Fr. Solanus for his prayers as an intercessor to God and that those prayers have been answered, often in dramatic ways. Because of Fr. Solanus’ holiness, Pope John Paul II declared him Venerable in 1995. One miraculous cure approved by the Vatican to the prayers of Venerable Solanus will advance the Cause to Beatification and the title of “Blessed.” Another approved miracle after that will advance the Cause finally to sainthood.

Fr. Solanus spent his life in the service of people. As porter of the Detroit monastery door, he met thousands of people from every age and walk of life. He earned recognition as “The Doorkeeper.” He was always ready to listen to anyone at any time, day or night….and to encourage everyone to “thank God ahead of time.”

Fr. Solanus’ holiness is inspiring. He had incrediblefaith and he was a holy man. Often, people think that holiness is unattainable. But Fr. Solanus demonstrated that an ordinary person can live an extraordinarily faithful life. Pilgrimages to the Solanus Casey Center lead the pilgrim to discover that we are all capable of living a faith-filled life.

Solanus Casey so believed in God that he could not believe that some people questioned God. Such a conviction about the existence of God and God’s love is critical for our age. Solanus Casey’s understanding of faith speaks to the hearts of people. His faith was steadfast. He demonstrates to us that faith is the cornerstone to our existence. A pilgrimage to the Solanus Casey Center is a trek to re-enforce… or re-discover… our faith and love for God.

Fr. Solanus was known for his wonderful ministry of healing and compassion toward people of faith, Catholic and Non-Catholic, Non-Christians and even Atheists. But, like Jesus himself, Solanus’ heart also went out to those who had given up the practice of their faith or had no affiliation with any church community. He saw each person as loved by God and called to share in God’s life. A pilgrimage to the Solanus Casey Center will reflect how we might embody some of his attitudes in our own relationships.

PRAYER FOR THE BEATIFICATION OF VENERABLE SOLANUS CASEY

O God, I adore You. I give myself to You.
May I be the person You want me to be,
and may Your will be done in my life today.

I thank You for the gifts You gave to Father Solanus.
If it is Your Will, bless us with the beatification of
Venerable Solanus so that others may imitate
and carry on his love for all the poor and suffering of our world.

As he joyfully accepted Your divine plans,
I ask You, according to Your Will,
to hear my prayer for . . . (your intention)
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

“Blessed be God in all His designs.”

Father Solanus Casey – Biography

Father Solanus Casey, Capuchin, was born on November 25, 1870 on a farm in Wisconsin. His Irish immigrant parents named him Bernard. He was the sixth child in a family of ten boys and six girls. After he left the farm he worked throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota as a logger, a hospital orderly, a street car operator, and a prison guard.

At the age of 21, Bernard entered St. Francis High School Seminary in Milwaukee to study for the diocesan priesthood. Five years later he decided to enter a religious order. He was invested in the Capuchin Order at Detroit in 1897 and received his religious name of Solanus.

After his ordination in 1904, Father Solanus spent 20 years in New York, Harlem, and Yonkers. In 1924 he was sent to St. Bonaventure Monastery in Detroit where he worked for 20 years. In 1945, he returned to New York for one year. He was assigned to Huntington, Indiana from 1946 to 1956. He was reassigned to St. Bonaventure in 1956.

Father Solanus spent his life in the service of people. At the monastery door, he met thousands of persons from every age and walk of life. In time of trouble and sorrow, they sought his prayers and advice. Many attributed favors to his prayers. He constantly showed his love of God by loving all of God’s people. He was always ready and willing to listen to anyone any time of the day or night. In return he asked people to love and support the missions.

During his final illness, he remarked: “I’m offering my suffering that all might be one. If only I could see the conversion of the whole world.” His last conscious act was to sit up in bed and exclaim, “I give my soul to Jesus Christ.” He died in Detroit at the age of 86 on July 31, 1957 and is buried at St. Bonaventure Monastery.

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