More than 60,000 People to Attend Mass at Ford Field for Fr. Solanus Casey Beatification

Ford Field Executive Chef Joe Nader talks about how the stadium is preparing for the 60,000-plus person Catholic mass.

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Ford Field will host the beatification of Detroit friar Father Solanus Casey on Saturday at 4 p.m. The stadium expects a capacity crowd of more than 60,000 for the beatification. It’s the last step before sainthood for Fr. Casey. 

The Detroit Free Press reports:

In May, Pope Francis announced that  Casey would be elevated to Blessed. He will be the second American-born male to be beatified

Casey was a friar at Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph in Detroit and a co-founder of the church’s well-respected and utilized Capuchin Soup Kitchen. He was born in 1870 and died in 1957.  

WDET’s Jake Neher speaks with Ford Field Executive Chef Joe Nader about what kind of preparations are taking place ahead of the event, and to hear about Nader’s personal family connection with Fr. Casey.

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  • Jake Neher
    Jake Neher is senior producer for Detroit Today and host of MichMash for 101.9 WDET. He previously reported on the Michigan Legislature for the Michigan Public Radio Network.