By Mike Stechschulte
Catholic News Service
Father Solanus Casey, OFM Cap.
Born: Nov. 25, 1870
Solemn Vows: July 21, 1898
Ordained: July 24, 1904
Died: July 31, 1957
Declared Venerable: July 11, 1995
Beatification Date: Nov. 18, 2017 in Ford Field, Detroit
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DETROIT (CNS) — The remains of Fr. Solanus Casey were exhumed Aug. 1 as part of the canonical process that precedes the saintly Capuchin Franciscan friar’s beatification Mass in November.
The purpose of the exhumation, according to the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph and the Archdiocese of Detroit, was to both officially identify the body and to collect relics that will be used to venerate Fr. Casey after he is beatified Nov. 18.
Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron presided over the private exhumation service, which was limited to a handful of individuals, including three medical professionals who were on hand to examine the remains and report on the condition of the body.
“Presiding at the process for opening the tomb of Fr. Solanus and confirming the identity of his earthly remains was a time of significant personal prayer for me,” Archbishop Vigneron said afterward. “I especially give the Lord Jesus thanks for the gift of Father’s service to our community, above all to the least among us, and for his example of loving our neighbor with…
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