DETROIT — Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron told a congregation gathered to celebrate the life of Venerable Fr. Solanus Casey that there have been “very positive steps” in the Capuchin friar’s cause for beatification in Rome.
Speaking during a Mass at St. Bonaventure Monastery in Detroit to celebrate the 59th anniversary of Fr. Solanus’ death July 31, Archbishop Vigneron offered an update on the cause before his homily.
“Before I offer my reflections on God’s word today, I want to share with you some good news we received recently from Fr. Carlo Calloni. Fr. Calloni is the postulator general in the Capuchin community in Rome, and it is his full-time work to advance the causes of the various members of the Capuchin order,” Archbishop Vigneron said. “We’re very grateful for how zealous Fr. Calloni is in advancing Fr. Solanus’ cause, and Fr. Carlo, postulator in Rome of the Capuchin friars, has communicated to us that there have been very positive steps with regards to the cause of Venerable Solanus, specifically in regard to a cure that is attributed to Father’s intercession.”
While Archbishop Vigneron did not offer specifics about the cure under investigation, he did add that Fr. Calloni has affirmed “there are some very important reviews of the cause that will be held in Rome over the coming months.”
The archbishop said he had visited Rome in the early spring to speak with representatives of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, specifically “the cardinal who is in charge of these matters for our Holy Father.”
Archbishop Vigneron said the cardinal was “very encouraging,” asking prayers for the process but cautioning against “whipping up a lot of enthusiasm.”