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Father Solanus Casey, OFM, Cap. (1870-1957), spent fifty-three years as a priest in menial service as a humble sacristan and porter in his monastery. Yet despite his lowly position, by the time he was declared "Venerable" by Pope John Paul II in 1995 thousands of people had offered testimony that Fr. Solanus had transformed their lives.
By merely human standards, the life of Solanus Casey was no great success story. A mediocre student who couldn't keep up in diocesan seminary, he barely made it through the seminary of the Capuchin friars. When he was finally ordained, they made him a "simplex priest"-one who is not allowed to hear confessions or preach doctrinal sermons. So Casey spent fifty-three years in lowly service as a sacristan and doorkeeper. Nevertheless, he graciously accepted this humble station in life, and God rewarded him with a remarkable ministry of spiritual counsel and divine healings. This book tells the startling story of the simple friar whose loving concern for everyday people dramatically transformed thousands of lives. A Servant Book.
Brother Leo Wollenweber is a Vice-Postulator for the Cause of Solanus Casey. He is a native of Detroit, Michigan, and has been a Capuchin Brother for 60 years. He currently resides at St. Bonaventure’s Monastery in Detroit where he continues to work for the canonization of Fr. Solanus Casey.