Beatification Mass tickets available to the public starting Oct. 9, Capuchins announce

The beatification Mass for Fr. Solanus Casey, OFM Cap., will take place starting at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at downtown Detroit’s Ford Field. Tickets will be made available to the general public starting Oct. 9 at www.fordfield.com. Individuals may also contact their local parish for more information about obtaining tickets.

DETROIT — The Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph has announced tickets for the beatification Mass for Venerable Fr. Solanus Casey will be made available to the general public starting at 9 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 9.

The historic liturgy will take place Nov. 18 at downtown Detroit’s Ford Field starting at 4 p.m. Doors will open at 2 p.m.

Capuchin Fr. Solanus Casey, who was known for his wise counsel, compassionate aid and healing touch for thousands of Detroiters and others, will be beatified Nov. 18.

A limited supply of individual tickets will be available only at www.fordfield.com, and a maximum of four tickets can be requested per transaction, the Capuchins said in a news release Aug. 28.

While Ford Field is able to accommodate up to 60,000 people for the beatification Mass, demand for tickets is expected to be high.

Because parishes of the Archdiocese of Detroit were able to request tickets in advance, a limited supply of tickets may also be available through individual parishes, the Capuchins said. Each parish may handle requests differently, so those interested should contact their parish for details.

In a separate news release, Fr. David Preuss, OFM Cap., director of the Solanus Casey Center in Detroit, stressed that those interested in attending the Mass should either contact their parish or wait for the Oct. 9 public event.

People should not contact the Solanus Casey Center about tickets, Fr. Preuss said, as the center will not be distributing them.

Those interested in volunteering at the Mass or donating to help the Capuchins defray the costs can visit beatification.visitdetroit.com. Information on parking, hotels, alternate transportation and registration for clergy members can also be found at the site.

On May 4, Pope Francis announced Fr. Solanus, a Capuchin friar who served 20 years in Detroit as the porter, or doorkeeper, of St. Bonaventure Monastery, would be elevated to the status of “blessed” — the final step before sainthood.

Born Nov. 25, 1870, Fr. Solanus became known for his humility and compassionate care for the poor and others who came to him seeking counsel, aid and a listening ear. When miraculous favors and physical healings began to be attributed to the intercession of his prayers, thousands began seeking him out on a regular basis.

When Fr. Solanus died July 31, 1957, his funeral was attended by more than 8,000 people, and scores have continued to attribute favors to his intercession even today.

Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron said he expects the beatification Mass to be similar in magnitude and significance to the city to the historic 1987 visit to Detroit by Pope St. John Paul II.

“Not unlike the Silverdome Mass celebrated by Saint John Paul, this, too, will be a history-making liturgy,” Archbishop Vigneron said. “The beatification of Father Solanus Casey is an incomparable grace for the church in the Archdiocese of Detroit and for the whole community. He is an inspiration to Catholics – and to all – of the power of grace to transform one’s life.”

Fr. Michael Sullivan, OFM Cap., provincial minister of the Province of St. Joseph, added the Capuchins hope as many people as possible are able to participate in the historic event.

“The beatification is a remarkable moment in all of our lives and one to celebrate Father Solanus, whose compassion and attribution to miraculous cures have endeared him to those in Detroit and across the world,” Fr. Sullivan said. “We welcome as many as possible to be a part of it.”

To encourage as many people as possible to participate in the beatification Mass, Archbishop Vigneron said pastors in the Archdiocese of Detroit may forgo their usual confession times and parish vigil Masses the day of the beatification, which is a Saturday, “so that they, along with their parishioners, might attend the beatification,” the archbishop said in a letter to priests of the archdiocese Aug. 8.

Though priests should work with their vicariate to ensure at least one local vigil Mass is available, Archbishop Vigneron said he hopes the beatification will serve to gather the archdiocese together in a special way.

“So that we might truly give thanks to the Lord for these many graces in the fullest way possible, I am encouraging all priests, deacons and lay faithful to attend the beatification Mass at Ford Field as a ‘communal Vigil Mass’ for the entire Archdiocese of Detroit,” Archbishop Vigneron said.

In addition, Archbishop Vigneron announced that a plenary indulgence — the remission of temporal punishment due to sin after a person is absolved — would be available to those who take part in the beatification Mass and who “are properly disposed.”

“When I announced the good news that the Holy Father had approved the miracle which set Father Solanus on the path to beatification, I remarked that this was a sign that ‘God loves Detroit,’” the archbishop said. “In the words of Father Solanus Casey, let us ‘thank God ahead of time’ as we look forward to the graces we will experience at our great communal celebration of the Eucharist in November.”


To sign up to receive updates about the beatification Mass, visit www.solanuscasey.org/beatification.