On March 16th, 2010, CatholicTV will broadcast a wonderful documentary, Solanus Casey: The Healing Prophet , on the life and work of Solanus Casey in our Catholic Saints & Lay People programming block at 11:30am.
Fr. Solanus Casey was a Capuchin Franciscan ordained in 1904. He served for 20 years in Harlem, and Yonkers in New York. In 1924 he was assigned to St. Bonaventure Monastery in Detroit where he worked for another 20 years.
He served as a porter in the monsastery where he lived, a humble life of welcoming those at the door. This service of hospitality at the monastery door as porter he met thousands of people from every age and walk of life and earned recognition as "The Doorkeeper." He was always ready to listen to anyone at any time, day or night.
During his final illness, he remarked, "I'm offering my suffering that all might be one. If only I could see the conversion of the whole world." His last conscious act was sitting up in bed and saying, "I give my soul to Jesus Christ." He died at the age of 86 on July 31, 1957 at the same day and hour of his First Holy Mass 53 years earlier.
Father Casey's cause for canonization is supported by the Fr Solanus Guild. To learn more, visit their website at http://www.solanuscasey.org/
The purpose of the Fr. Solanus Guild is to keep alive the inspiring memory of Fr. Solanus; knowledge of his exemplary life to others; archive information about his life and work;provide prayer, support, and office services to the Vice Postulator for the Cause of Solanus Casey.