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Solanus Casey’s Beatification Explained

Nov 17, 2017
Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, concelebrates the beatification Mass of Blessed Solanus Casey Nov. 18 at Ford Field in Detroit. At least 60,000 attended the beatification of the Capuchin Franciscan friar. (CNS photo/Jeff Kowalsky, courtesy Michigan Catholic)

Solanus Casey will be beatified this month! All around the United States, people will celebrate the life of this holy Capuchin friar in November. Over half a million people are expected to attend the celebration at Ford Field in Detroit, a city where Casey served for 20 years as porter and sacristan at St. Bonaventure Monastery.

With all the buzz about beatification, we thought it would be useful to offer a quick primer on what it means to be beatified.

You're not a saint ... but you're close. Beatification is the final stop on the path to sainthood. The path starts with being declared Venerable, which means that the Church has found that your life was characterized by “heroic virtue.” Solanus Casey was declared Venerable in 1995. After beatification comes canonization, at which point you are officially a saint.

You have one certified miracle. The Church requires an officially recognized miracle before beatification can take place (to become a full-fledged saint, you need two miracles). In the case of Solanus Casey, a woman suffering from an incurable genetic skin disease was healed after praying at his tomb and asking for his intercession. The Vatican takes its investigation of miracles seriously, interviewing doctors and scientists to ensure the cure has no scientific explanation.

You are truly blessed. Upon beatification, Venerable Solanus Casey will become Blessed Solanus Casey. 

If you're a martyr, your cause may be fast-tracked. You might recall that another American, Stanley Rother, was beatified earlier this year. Fr. Rother did not have the long road to beatification that Solanus did, because he was declared a martyr of the Church. 

Buy Gratitude and Grit: The Life of Blessed Solanus Casey


Wed, 04/28/2021 - 08:29 PM
I want to record my Thanks to Blessed Solanus Casey for giving a good Medical Result for my Uncle George after his Angiogram . I also want to record my Thanks for the recovery of Miguel from Covid -19 and also the curing of my cat Leo from his sickness.
Fri, 07/09/2021 - 08:11 PM
I pray to Solaris Casey for a conversion for my 2 adult children. I pay the come back to the Catholic Church. .
Jim O’Brien
Fri, 07/30/2021 - 11:07 AM
Jim O’Brien
What a truly humble man. We can learn a great deal from his life.
Thu, 08/05/2021 - 06:33 AM
I am praying a Novena For the intercession Of Blessed Solanus Casey on behalf of my son Michael who is a severe alcoholic, has many legal problems, suffers high anxiety, OCD, has social problems, and is presently highly intoxicated every day to the point he cannot function Or hold a job. I fear for his life. He is my youngest and at 42 years old has had nothing good happen to him. I don’t know if he believes in God though he went to Catholic school. Blessed Solanus Casey I ask you to help my son be cured of alcoholism, To be given the gift of wisdom and peace, and to know and love Jesus Christ.

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