Fr. Solanus beatification could draw 60,000 at Ford Field

Fr. Solanus Casey serves Detroiters at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit, which he helped start during the Great Depression in 1929 and which continues to serve the city today.

Detroit — The beatification Mass for Fr. Solanus Casey could draw upwards of 60,000 people, so a venue was needed that would be large enough to accommodate what is anticipated to be the largest Catholic event in Detroit since the visit of St. John Paul II to the city in 1987.

The beatification Mass will take place Nov. 18 at downtown Detroit’s Ford Field, the home of the National Football League’s Detroit Lions, the Capuchins and Archdiocese of Detroit have announced.

Much like with the pope’s visit, which included a stop at the Pontiac Silverdome, the Lions’ former home, the beatification will see the stadium transformed for the celebration of the Mass and configured to accommodate tens of thousands of guests.

With the date and location of the Mass set, further details of the event will be made available at Ticket information will be available by Aug. 15, according to a press release from the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph, to which Fr. Solanus belonged. Questions about the beatification Mass can be addressed to [email protected] or by calling (313) 579-2100 ext. 0.

On May 4, Pope Francis announced that the longtime Detroit friar would be elevated to the status of “blessed,” only the second American-born man to be honored with such a distinction.