Beatification Mass of Father Solanus Casey

On May 4, Pope Francis announced that Friar Solanus Casey would be elevated to the status of “Blessed”, only the second American born man to be honored with such distinction. Originating from the Diocese of La Crosse, Fr. Casey was baptized in Prescott, WI and attended Mass at St. Mary’s, Big River.


Bernard “Barney” Francis Casey spent his early years in the Diocese of La Crosse. He was born November 25, 1870, in a small town named Oak Grove. While still a young man, his family moved to Trimbelle. The family then moved to Burkhardt, WI and Casey made his First Holy Communion in 1883 at St. Patrick’s Church, Hudson, WI. He was ordained a priest in 1904 and served parishes in New York for 20 years. He was then transferred to the Saint Bonaventure Monastery in Detroit where he served as the porter for 21 years. He earned the recognition as ‘the Doorkeeper’ a Brother who would provide soup for the hungry, kind words for the troubled and a healing touch for the ill.

A pilgrimage departing from Marathon & La Crosse is being organized. For more information contact Debbie at the Bishop’s Office (608) 7912686 ASAP