Priest with Local Ties Closer to Sainthood

November 19, 2017 11:36 PM

A priest with ties to western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota is one step closer to sainthood.

The late Fr. Solanus Casey -- known as Fr. Solanus -- was beatified Saturday in Detroit.


Tens of thousands of people packed into Ford Field to witness the historic ceremony. Fr. Solanus spent much of his life in Detroit and focused his ministry on the poor and needy. He is credited with curing a woman of a skin disease while she prayed at his tomb in 2012. If the Roman Catholic Church can attribute another miracle to Fr. Solanus, he will be named a saint.

According to the Fr. Solanus Guild, the newly-beatified priest was born in Pierce County, Wisconsin, in 1870. He was baptized in Prescott, Wisconsin, and received First Communion in Hudson. Fr. Solanus was confirmed at the Church of St. Michael in Stillwater, where parishioners still take a lot of pride in his life's work. Some of them even made the trip to Detroit.

"Very gratifying for us to see him celebrated and lifted up as a great saint and just a virtuous, wonderful man who did so many things for thousands and thousands of people," said St. Michael parishioner Molly Delaney-Druffner.

She and her family attended the beatification, and has been so inspired by the work of Fr. Solanus Casey that she wrote a play about his life. It has been performed for more than 15 years.


Zach Tecklenburg

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