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Blessed Solanus Casey

Servant of the sick and the poor

“Blessed be God in all his designs, and in his mercy, which is above all his works.”


The Capuchin Franciscan friars of the Province of St. Joseph, along with our partners in ministry, welcome you to this space dedicated to the memory and spirituality of our brother, Blessed Solanus Casey. Here, you can learn about Blessed Solanus and his cause for sainthood. You can plan a visit or take a virtual tour of the Solanus Casey Center in Detroit. You can learn about and become a member of the Father Solanus Guild. You can shop our online store, or submit prayer petitions.

An aerial exterior photograph taken October 2022 of the Solanus Casey Center and St. Bonaventure Chapel and Monastery in the foreground. In the midground is the Islandview neighobrhood and in the background are high-rise condominiums in Detroit's Gold Coast neighbrhood.

Visit the Solanus Casey Center

Inspired by the life and example of our brother, Blessed Solanus Casey, this Center strives to be a place of pilgrimage, healing, reconciliation and peace.


1780 Mount Elliott St
Detroit, MI 48207-3427
Hours, Mass times and confession schedule

Cause for Canonization

Blessed Solanus Casey, beatified in 2017, is on the path to sainthood in the Roman Catholic Church. If canonized, Blessed Solanus would be the first American-born priest to become a saint.

Many favors have been reported due to the intercession of Blessed Solanus, both in his lifetime and following his death in 1957. The Vice-Postulator of the Cause for Canonization collects and tracks these favor reports. We invite the public to report any favors received to us.

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Blessed Solanus Casey meets with a couple in an office at the monastery
A close-up photo of a wood handcarved statue of Blessed Solanus Casey located in St. Bonaventure Chapel

The Father Solanus Guild

In becoming a member of the Father Solanus Guild, you are keeping alive the inspiring memory of Blessed Solanus and bringing knowledge of his exemplary life to others. In addition, you are making possible the archiving of information about his life and work, and providing prayer, support and material assistance to the Vice Postulator for the Cause of Canonization of Blessed Solanus Casey.

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From the Vice-Postulator of the Cause for Canonization of Blessed Solanus Casey

Recent Blog Posts

September 20, 2023
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Father Solanus serving at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen.

😇 Example of Holiness

There are so many examples of holiness to celebrate and imitate. Solanus through his witness offers a prime example of a life of holiness through his way of doing everyday things in an extraordinary way.

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August 22, 2023
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Br. Antony Julius Milton, OFM Cap.

Reverence, Solanus, Holiness…

Reverence was the fundamental virtue that accompanied Blessed Solanus in all his ministries to the poor and the sick. It is, in fact, the core virtue that led him on the path of holiness.

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July 20, 2023
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A stylized graphic resembling a comic book with the word "BAZINGA" in bold letters.

The Parable of “Bazinga”

There you have it – a baptized equivalent of a Sheldon Cooper “bazinga,” the unexpected final twist that catches us off guard ambushes us with wisdom pulls the rug out from under our presumptions and delivers a considerable dose of humility to those who think they understand. It’s called a parable!

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July 18, 2023
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Solanus Casey Tomb

When the Ordinary is Extraordinary

Here at the Solanus Casey Center stories of “miracles” or favors come to us so frequently that it’s sometimes easy to take for granted the wonderful favors God is granting to those who put their trust in His mercy.

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Upcoming Events

Event Oct 03

Transitus of St. Francis of Assisi

Join us at St. Bonaventure Chapel as we celebrate the Transitus or “crossing over” of our Holy Father Francis of Assisi from his early life to eternal life, presented by the St. Bonaventure Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order. This prayer service takes place on the vigil of the Feast of St. Francis and includes music and prayers, and concludes with a distribution of almond cookies.

Event Oct 04

Mass on the Feast of St. Francis

Join us as we celebrate the Feast of our Holy Father Francis, the founder of the Franciscan Order. We will celebrate Mass at 4:30 p.m.

Event Feb 03

First Friday Eucharistic Adoration

Join the Capuchin friars and the wider Catholic community in prayer and adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament each First Friday of the month from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with noontime benediction.



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Canonization Prayer

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 Father Solanus. If it is Your Will, bless us with the Canonization of Father 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.”

The Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit
May 2017

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