Pope Francis Announces Beatification of Detroit Priest

A step towards sainthood.

Pope Francis has announced the beatification of Detroit’s Father Solanus Casey.

Father Casey was part of the Capuchin Franciscan Order of St. Joseph and was one of the founders of Detroit’s Capuchin Soup Kitchen. 

He died in 1957 at the age of 86. 

Pope John Paul II granted him venerable status for a life of uncommon virtue in the service of god in 1995.

"Officially today, our Holy Father has authorized and affirmed the miracle through the intersession of Father Solanus, and now he’s on his way to the beatification," says Archbishop Allen Vigneron, Archdiocese of Detroit.

Archbishop Vigneron adds Father Casey "is an inspiration to all of the power of grace to transform one’s life."