October 28, 2017

Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, MI

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Fr. Solanus Casey was a member of the Capuchin Franciscan Order of St. Joseph as well as one of the founders of Detroit’s Capuchin Soup Kitchen. He was best known for his miraculous cures, compassionate counsel, and service of the poor. In 1995, Pope John Paul II declared him as “venerable” and more recently Pope Francis has announced that Fr. Solanus will be “beatified”, a significant step toward his canonization as a saint.

As a prelude to our celebration of Fr. Solanus' beatification in November, Sacred Heart Major Seminary is hosting a one-day symposium on October 28, 2017. All are welcome to attend and enjoy a day of prayer and keynote presentations on the life of Fr. Solanus. Mass will be celebrated by Msgr. Todd J. Lajiness, Sacred Heart Major Seminary rector. Lunch will be provided. 

Please register online as space is limited. Registration is free but a freewill offering will be collected. Proceeds will benefit the Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph.


9:30-9:40 Opening prayer and welcome
9:40-10:20 Opening talk - Fr. Martin Pable, OFM Cap. - "Fr. Solanus and Evangelization"
10:25-10:40 Dr. Ralph Martin, Sacred Heart Professor of Theology and Director of Graduate Programs in the New Evangelization - "Holiness and Evangelization"
10:40-10:55 Fr. Stephen Pullis, Archdiocese of Detroit Director of Evangelization, Catechesis and Schools - "How Fr. Solanus Unleashed the Gospel"   
10:55-11:15 Break
11:15-12:00:  Mass in the main chapel, Msgr. Lajiness, Rector/President, presiding
12:00-1:00 Soup and bread lunch (gymnasium)
1:00-1:30 Brother Richard Merling, OFM Cap. - "Blessed be God in all His designs" - Encounters with Fr. Solanus
1:30-1:45 Dr. Edward Peters, Sacred Heart Professor of Theology "The Simplex Priest"
1:45-2:00 Fr. Peter Ryan, Sacred Heart Professor of Theology and Spiritual Director of Undergraduate Seminarians - "The Lord's Tendency to Favor the Lowly"
2:00-2:15 Break
2:15-2:45 Q&A with participants
2:45-3:00 Closing remarks and prayer


Registration for the Fr. Solanus Casey Symposium on October 28 is now closed. Recordings of this event will be posted on Sacred Heart social media channels.

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