Legions of metro Detroit Catholics knew Father Solanus Casey as a miracle worker.
And on Saturday, the Catholic Church officially recognized the Capuchin friar as one too, declaring him “Blessed Solanus” in a beatification ceremony at Detroit’s Ford Field.
The rare ceremony put Casey, who co-founded the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, one step and one miracle away from being declared a Catholic saint. Detroit’s ceremony was the third time a beatification mass has occurred in the U.S.
The event brought a worldwide spotlight to Detroit and the legendary priest, whose prayers and presence gave comfort to visitors suffering from illness and trauma when he was the doorkeeper of St. Bonaventure Monastery on the city’s east side in 1924-45. Casey died in 1957.
“I’ve been waiting for this day for 14 years,” said Lily Flask of Livonia, who believes Casey’s intercession helped save her husband from heart problems in 2003. “I prayed every day to him. … I had to be here today.”
Flask and her husband, Salvino, were standing outside Ford Field waiting in line for what was expected to be the largest Catholic service in Michigan since 1987, when the Pope presided over a mass at the Silverdome in Pontiac.
Casey was beatified Saturday because the Vatican and its experts said there was no scientific explanation of how a woman’s genetic, disfiguring skin disease disappeared in the hours after she prayed at Casey’s tomb.
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