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

Jake Neher/WDET

Ford Field Executive Chef Joe Nader

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.

Click on the audio player above to hear that conversation. Click here for more information.

Image credit: Jake Neher/WDET

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Jake Neher

Detroit Today - Producer & Special Projects Reporter

Jake Neher is a producer & reporter for Detroit Today

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