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Solanus Research

Since his death in 1957, and as interest in his life, ministry and spirituality has grown, so too has scholarly interest in the humble Porter of St. Bonaventure.

Research by Capuchin Franciscan Friars of the Province of St. Joseph

Foley, Edward. “Excavating the Solanus Legacy: Insights on his Scriptural Legacy.” Publication forthcoming, 2023.

De Bliquy, Igor. “Can You Appreciate It? Solanus as a Spiritual Dialogue Partner.” Thesis. Aquinas Institute of Theology, 2023.

Foley, Edward. Journey to Holiness: A Pilgrimage through the Solanus Casey Center. Detroit: Province of St. Joseph, 2007.

__________. “Journeying in Holiness: From Shrine to Pilgrimage Center,” Liturgia Condenda, vol. 18. Leuven: Peeters, 2005. Pp. 223-245.

__________. “Performing a Just Spirituality: A Liturgical Case Study.” New Theology Review 31:1 (2018) 18-34.

Above articles © Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order, Inc. All rights reserved.


Selected Bibliography

Official Decrees

Congregatio pro Causis Sanctorum. “Decree on the Heroic virtues of Bernard (Francis Solanus) Casey. Acta Apostolicae Sedis 88 (1996) 114-118.

__________. “Decretum super miraculo Beatificationis et Canonizationis Ven. Servi Dei Francisci Solani (in saeculo: Bernardi Casey) Sacerdotis professi Ordinis Fratrum Minorum Capuccinorum (1870-1957).” Acta Apostolicae Sedis 110:5 (4 May 2018) 642-644.

Francis, Pope. “Venerabili Dei Servo Francisco Solano Casey Beatorum honores decernuntur.” Acta Apostolicae Sedis 110:12 (2018) 1714-1719.


Balda, Gabriele Della. Una carezza di Dio : vita del beato Solanus Casey cappuccino statunitense. Rome: Instituto storico dei cappuccino, 2019.

Beemer, Richard. Blessed Father Solanus Casey: Testimonies, memories, anecdotes and favors granted. (at the press)

Casey, Solanus. God Bless you and Yours. Letters from Solanus Casey, OFM Cap. Ed. Sister Bernardine Casey. Detroit: The Solanus Guild, 2000.

__________. Paroles et sagesse du père Solanus. Strasbourg: Ed. Du Signe, 1998.

Collins, David R. Magnificent Failure: the story of Father Solanus Casey. Boston: Pauline Books, 1999.

Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Cause of canonization of the servant of God, Francis Solanus Casey, 1870-1957, professed priest of the order of Friars Minor. 3 vols. Rome: Congregation for the causes of Saints, 1992

Crosby, Michael. Thank God Ahead of Time: the Life and Spirituality of Solanus Casey. Chicago: Franciscan Herald Press, 1985.

Crosby, Michael, ed. Solanus Casey: The Official Account of a Virtuous American Life. New York: Crossroad Publishing, 2000.

Derum, James Patrick. The Porter of St. Bonaventure’s: The Life of Father Solanus Casey. Fidelity Press, 1968.

Italian translation: Derum, James Patrick. Solano Casey: Il portinaio del convent. Trans. Roberto Lecchini. Padua: Edizioni Messaggero Padova, 1983.

Father Solanus Guild. The Message of Father Solanus Casey, Capuchin. Detroit: Father Solanus Guild, 1978.

Foley, Edward. Journey to Holiness: A Pilgrimage through the Solanus Casey Center. Detroit: Province of St. Joseph, 2007.

Guimond, John. Thanks be to God: the spirit and Life of Father Solanus Casey, Capuchin. Detroit: Father Solanus Guild, 1978.

Hanley, Boniface. The Doorkeeper: the story of Father Solanus Casey, Capuchin. Patterson NJ: 1987.

Irish translation: Hanley, Boniface and Siobhán Ní Shíthigh. An Doirseoir : an tAthair Solanus Ó Cathasaigh, Caipisíneach, scéal a bheatha. Detroit: Father Solanus Guild, 2009.

Joel, Kenny. “Father Capuchin”: the story of Father Solanus Casey, O.F.M. Cap. Butler NJ: Friar Magazine, 1976.

Spanish translation: Joel, Kenny. Bendito sea Dios en todos sus designios : la historia de Solano Casey, capuchino. 1982.

McManus, Melanie Radzicki. “Moments of grace with the Motor City Capuchins: on the Father Solanus Casey Center, Detroit, Michigan.” National Catholic Register 79:43 (2003) 11.

Miller, Byron. An Hour with Solanus Casey. Liguori, MO: Liguori Publications, 2022.

Montemurri, Patricia. Blessed Solanus Casey. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2018.

Odell, Catherine M. Father Solanus Casey: The Story of Father Solanus. Rev. ed. Huntington IN: 2017.

Polish translation: Odell, Catherine M. Bł. Solanus Casey. Trans. Magdalena Partyka, Wydawnictwo Esprit. Kraków: Wydawnictwo Esprit, 2019.

Rathschmidt, Jack. Solanus Casey: Servant of the Sick and the Poor. Detroit: Province of St. Joseph, 2004.

Shorn, Joel. God’s Doorkeepers: Padre Pio, Solanus Casey and André Bessette. Cincinnati: Servant Books, 2006.

Wollenweber, Leo. Gratitude and Grit: The Life of Blessed Solanus Casey. Cincinnati: Franciscan Media, 2022.

Chapters in books

Allen, Diane. “Blessed Solanus Casey.” They Walked with God: St. Bernadette Soubirous, St. John Vianney, st. Damien of Molokai, st. Andre Bessette, B. Solanus Casey. Cork: BookBay, 2019. Pp. 277-344.

Ellsberg, Robert. “Blessed Solanus Casey.” The Franciscan Saints. Cincinnati: Franciscan Media, 2017. Pp. 201-202.

Fink, John. “Fr. Solanus Casey.” Future American Saints. Staten Island NY: St. Pauls, 2009.

Foley, Edward. “Journeying in Holiness: From Shrine to Pilgrimage Center,” Liturgia Condenda, vol. 18. Leuven: Peeters, 2005. Pp. 223-245.

__________. “Performing a Just Spirituality: A Liturgical Case Study.” New Theology Review 31:1 (2018) 18-34.

Ghezzi, Bert. “Miracles from failures – Venerable Solanus Casey.” Mystics & Miracles: true stories of lives touched by God. Chicago: Loyola Press, 2002. Pp. 20-28.

__________. “Solanus Casey.” Miracles of the Saints: True Stories of Lives Touched by the Supernatural. Grand Rapids MI: Zondervan, 1996. Pp. 40-45.

O’Neill, Michael. “Blessed Solanus Casey.” They Might be Saints: On the Path to Sainthood in America. Irondale AL: EWTN Publishing, 2021. Pp. 79-88.

Pérez-Rodríguez, Arturo J. and Miguel Arias. “Solanus Casey, OFM Cap.” Santos americanos: conversando con los santos de América. Chicago: Loyola Press, 2007. Pp. 240-249.

Journal Articles

Baldwin, Robert F. “Is Father Casey a Saint.” Catholic Digest 50 (1986) 1-8.

Bryce, C. Michael. “A healing priest for others: Venerable Solanus Casey of Detroit.” Journal of Catholic Legal Studies 47:1 (2006) 49-67.

“Cudotwórca z domku na prerii : Sługa Boży Solanus Casey.” Źródło (10 August 2016).

“Did Father Casey Work miracles.” Catholic Digest 52 (1988) 44-52.

Foley, Edward. “Performing a Just Spirituality: A Liturgical Case Study.” New Theology Review 31:1: (2018) 18-36.

Fought, Eric S. “Follow your call: A friar’s vows inspire a ministry of presence.” U.S. Catholic 85:2 (2020) 45-46.

Hadacek, Ella. “Detroit’s miracle workers: A look at Fr. Solanus Casey’s order.” Catholic Digest 82:1 (2017) 57-61.

Heinlein, Michael. “Two New Blesseds from America.” Priest 73:11 (2017) 103.

Hines-Brigger, Susan. “Father Solanus Casey to Be Beatified.” Saint Anthony Messenger 125:4 (2017) 10-12.

“‘I have two loves: The sick and the poor’: Father Solanus Casey to be Beatified in Detroit.” Catholic Woman 43:4 (2017) 28-29.

Keating, James and David M. McCarthy. “Moral Theology with the Saints.” Modern Theology 19:2 (2003) 203-218.

Kumka, Emil. “Una carezza di Dio. Vita del Beato Solanus Casey cappuccino statunitense.” Miscellanea Francescana 119:3/4 (2019) 556-557.

McCloskey, Patrick. “Promoting a saintly confrere.” Saint Anthony Messenger 117:10 (2010) 12.

McNichols, Mary. “Journey to renewal: a pilgrimage to the Solanus Casey Center.” Material Religion 51:1 (2009) 126-128.

__________. “The Sculpture of the Creation Garden.” Religion and the Arts 10:3 (2006) 406-423.

Montemurri, Patricia. “U.s. priest will soon be a step from sainthood.” Detroit Free Press (17 November 2017).Nantais, David. “Detroit’s Patron.” America 200:19 (2009) 23-24.

Pable, Martin. “The saint I lived with.” Catholic Digest 60 (1996) 116-124.

“Solanus Casey’s infamous fiddle.” Saint Anthony Messenger 125:6 (2017) 31-33.

Warner, Theodore. “Father Solanus Casey: the holy man of Detroit.” Liguorian 72 (1984) 10-15.

Windsor, Patricia. “Father Solanus Casey: the saintlinesss of a slow priest.” Saint Anthony Messenger 102 (1994) 14-19.

Wintz, Jack. “Father Solanus Casey: a biographical sketch.” Saint Anthony Messenger 115:2 (2007) 15.

__________. “The beatification cause of Father Solanus.” Saint Anthony Messenger 115:2 (2007) 17.

__________. “The Solanus Casey Center: an invitation to grow.” Saint Anthony Messenger 115:2 (2007) 12-14,16-18.

Newspaper Articles

“Beloved friar known for cures, wise counsel to be beatified Nov. 18.” National Catholic Reporter 54:1 (20 October 2017) 4.

Boucher, John. “Solanus Casey: The humble healer.” New Covenant (25 January 1996) 14-16.

Carey, Ann. “Father Solanus: a saint we could identify with.” Our Sunday Visitor 77 (29 May 1988) 10.

Copp, Jay. “The making of a saint.” National Catholic Register 72 (25 August 1996) 5.

__________. “Probably American saint counted on a miraculous God.” National Catholic Register 72 (25 August 1996) 5.

“Daily bread for the poor: In Detroit the Beatification of the Capuchin Solanus Casey.” L’Osservatore Romano 2523 (24 November 2017) 12.

Del Monico, Ben. “The impact of Solanus Casey.” The Catholic Worker 74:1 (2007) 3.
“Father Solanus Casey exhumed, reinterred.” Our Sunday Visitor 76 (2 August 1987 17.

Heinlein, Michael. “Father Solanus Casey closer to sainthood Sixty years after his death: miracle approved to clear American Capuchin priest for beatification.” Our Sunday Visitor (21 May 2017) 1-3.

__________. “Father Solanus Casey beatified in Detroit Second American beatification this year draws tens of thousands in honor of ‘God’s doorkeeper’.” Our Sunday Visitor (3 December 2017) 1-4.

Lopez, Kathryn Jean. “Living miracles Blessed Solanus Casey serves as a reminder that every encounter is an opportunity for a miracle.” Our Sunday Visitor (3 December 2017) 1-2.

Morris, Daniel. “The man behind the would-be saint.” Our Sunday Visitor 74 (12 January 1986) 5.

Niebuhr, Gustav. “One man’s life of virtue earns the Papal spotlight.” New York Times 144:50144 (8 May 1995) 25.

Odell, Catherine. “The doorkeeper who worked miracles.” New Covenant (13 February 1984) 17-19.

Pable, Martin. “Did I live with a saint without knowing it?” Catholic World. 238:1424 (March-April 1995) 80.

__________. “My time living with a “Blessed”: Living with Blessed Solanus Casey taught me about loving and trusting in God.” Our Sunday Visitor (5 November 2017) 1-2.

Pattison, Mark. “Saint candidate’s corpse exhumed.” National Catholic Reporter 23 (31 July 1987) 1.

Wollenweber, Leo. “Father Solanus Casey: a farmer’s son who may become a saint.” Our Sunday Visitor 75 (2 November 1986) 5.


Clote, John. Solanus Casey: Priest, Porter, Prophet. DVD. Ft. Collins, CO: Ignatius Press, 2013.

Crosby, Dan. Blessed Fr. Solanus Casey: example for us all. Audiobook on CD. Rockford MD: Now you know media, 2017.

Crosby, Michael. Solanus Casey: one man’s journey toward sanctity. Audiobook on cassette. Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, 1996.

Ellsberg, Robert. The Franciscan Saints. Audiobook on CD. Cincinnati: Franciscan Media, 2017.

Famie, Keith. Blessed Soalnus Casey’s Journey to Sainthood. DVD. 2019. http://solanusjourney.com/

Groeschel, Benedict. They could be saints. DVD. Irondale AL: WETN, 2007.

The Healing Prophet: Solanus Casey. DVD. GL Productions, 2006.

O’Neill , Michael. They Might be Saints: Blessed Solanus Casey. DVD. Irondale, AL: EWTN, 2021.

Thompson, Noel. Celebrate Solanus. DVD. 2019. https://celebratesolanus.com/

Weaver, Joe. The Heroic Journey: The Life & Legacy of Solanus Casey. Video. Detroit: Father Solanus Guild, 1991.

Weaver, Joe and Jay Frommert. Father Solanus, the simple man. VHS Video.

Broadcasts and Theatrical Productions

Beatification Mass of Blessed Solanus Casey. 18 November 2017. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THWE_dyXsoo

Mascia, Al. More Love than Skill: A Saint and his Fiddle. Musical. 2022.

Solanus: Blessed in America – Original Musical Soundtrack. Musical. 2021. 2642566 Records DK.

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