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Blessed Solanus Casey, priest

Bernard Francis Casey was born in Prescott, Wisconsin (USA) on November 25, 1870. At the age of 22, he entered the diocesan seminary of St. Francis de Sales in Milwaukee, then in 1897, he joined the Capuchin Order, in the friary of St. Bonaventure in Detroit and received the name Francis Solanus. On July 24, 1904 he was ordained priest, with the restriction of not hearing confessions or preaching publicly. He spend the years of service between Yonkers, Manhattan, the convent of St. Bonaventure in Detroit, the convents of Brooklyn and Huntington, attracting many people because of the fame of his virtues and the extraordinary graces attributed to his prayers. After several hospital treatments he died in the friary of St. Bonaventure in Detroit, on July 31, 1957. He was beatified on November 18, 2017.

From the Common of Pastors: For Priests or from the Common of the Holy Men: For Religious.


O God, who in your providence
conformed Blessed Francis Solanus (Casey) to the image of your Son
making him tireless in service to the poor,
by his intercession and example,
grant also to us the same generosity and joy
in giving of ourselves in service to our neighbor.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

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