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Father Solanus Casey, born Bernard Francis Casey, was a beloved Capuchin friar known for his humility, compassion, and miraculous healing abilities. Here's more about him and his connection to Fowler. Father Solanus Casey was born on November 25, 1870, in Oak Grove, Wisconsin. He was the sixth of sixteen children in a devout Irish Catholic family. Despite facing academic challenges, he felt a calling to the priesthood from a young age.
In 1891, Bernard Casey entered the Capuchin Order and took the religious name Solanus. Due to his academic struggles, he was ordained a "simplex priest," meaning he could not hear confessions or preach doctrinal sermons. However, he was assigned to various roles within the Capuchin community, including serving as a porter, where he greeted visitors and dispensed advice and comfort. Father Solanus Casey spent much of his religious life in Detroit, Michigan. He served at St. Bonaventure Monastery and later at St. Bonaventure Church, where he became known for his compassionate nature and his gift of healing. Many people sought his counsel and prayers, believing in the miraculous healings attributed to him.
While Father Solanus Casey is primarily associated with Detroit, his influence extended beyond the city. He occasionally visited the Capuchin community in Fowler, Michigan, where he celebrated Mass and spent time with fellow friars. Father Solanus Casey's reputation for holiness continued to grow after his death on July 31, 1957. He was declared venerable by the Catholic Church in 1995, the first step toward sainthood. His beatification ceremony took place on November 18, 2017, in Detroit, making him one step closer to official canonization.
Father Solanus Casey remains a beloved figure in the Catholic Church, known for his humility, compassion, and his dedication to serving others. His gravesite at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery in Fowler, Michigan, serves as a place of pilgrimage and prayer for many believers.