Wisconsin native and patron of baseball, Fr. Solanus Casey takes another step toward canonization!

Just a refresher, it's been a while since I talked about Solanus Casey
Fr. Solanus Casey was born Bernard Francis Casey on Nov. 25, 1870 on a farm near Oak Grove, Wisconsin [later moved near Big River] along the Mississippi River. He was the sixth child in a family of ten boys and six girls born to Irish immigrant parents who left Ireland after the famine years, the scourge of the Emerald Isle.
His childhood was rich in love, steeped in Catholic tradition. The children shared a love for sports, hunting, fishing, swimming, skiing, and skating. The ten boys formed their own baseball team: The Casey Nine. Barney played catcher, usually without a glove. 

-Ryan Blute, who credits his cure from cancer to the intercession of Ven Solanus “Barney” Casey. The high school junior keeps a relic of Solanus in his wallet when he goes for scans at the hospital and when he took the SAT. “When I need help, he’s always with me,” Ryan said.

Do not pray for easy lives; 
pray to be stronger people. 
 Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers; 
pray for powers equal to your tasks.

 - Blessed Solanus Casey

He was a huge Detroit Tigers fan.
Eighty-five-year-old Brother Leo recalled that Fr. Solanus had “a great sense of humor. He would tell little jokes—often on himself. The friars would kid him a lot, too. He loved hot dogs smothered with onions and he loved baseball. Even when away from Michigan he would keep tabs on the Detroit Tigers. It was his simple and down-to-earth manner that made it easy for people to relate to him. No one seemed intimidated by him.”
There's much to say but lots of info online.  Graced by God to be a miracle worker, steeped in humility, and buried in Detroit it's said his body is incorrupt.

And the news from today:
Father Solanus Casey, a Capuchin friar who died 60 years ago in Detroit, has taken a step toward being declared a saint Thursday, according to a release from the Archdiocese of Detroit.

The Archdiocese announced Pope Francis's beatification of Casey in an e-mail this morning. His current title of "Venerable" will soon become "Blesssed."

Casey was a member of the Capuchin Franciscan Order of St. Joseph in Detroit and one of the co-founders of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit, said the Archdiocese.

"The beatification of Father Solanus Casey is an incomparable grace for the Church in the Archdiocese of Detroit and for the whole community of Southeast Michigan,” Archbishop Allen Vigneron, the head of the Archdiocese of Detroit, said in a statement today. “He is an inspiration to all us Catholics – and to all – of the power of grace to transform one’s life.”

According to the Michigan Catholic, the miracle that Casey performed to become blessed ”involved a woman with an incurable genetic skin disease." Citing a news release, the report said that "her cure was verified by doctors in her home country, in Detroit and in Rome, all of whom confirmed there was no scientific explanation."
continue at Detroit Free Press (some nice photos there too - and good to see the friars in habits)

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