Father Solanus Casey

The extraordinary holiness of a Wisconsin farm boy

HUNTINGTON, Indiana, October 16, 2017 — The upcoming beatification of Wisconsin-born Capuchin friar Venerable Solanus Casey has sparked curiosity about his life and legacy. Pope Francis approved the miracle needed to advance his cause, and he will be pronounced “blessed” on November 18 in Detroit.

In Father Solanus Casey, Revised and Updated, author Catherine M. Odell introduces us to Father Casey. A humble man and poor student who worked most of his life as a monastery doorkeeper, Father Casey was also a wise counselor, mentor, and miracle-worker. At the time of his death in 1957, he was heralded by many as a modern saint. Odell’s book proves that Father Casey’s witness remains critically important and relatable for our world today.

“We are continually immersed in God’s merciful grace like the air that permeates us,” Father Casey reminds us. His wise example offers encouragement for us today to “foster confidence in God, and thank Him ahead of time for whatever He chooses to send us.”

In Father Solanus Casey, Revised and Updated, readers will experience Father Casey’s gentle, cheerful witness with first-hand personal accounts, stories gathered from monastery archives, and 16 pages of photos. This book provides a needed reminder that extraordinary holiness hides in the most seemingly ordinary circumstances and people.



Author Catherine M. Odell, a native of South Bend, Indiana, grew up and was educated in the shadow of Notre Dame’s “Golden Dome.” A freelance journalist, curriculum writer, editor, and teacher, she is the author of 11 other books, including Our Sunday Visitor’s Those Who Saw Her: Apparitions of Mary; Faustina: Apostle of Divine Mercy; Praying the Rosary for Intercession; and Angels of the Lord: 365 Reflections on Our Heavenly Guardians (co-authored with Margaret Savitskas). Odell and her husband Bill have two grown children and make their home in South Bend. She is a committed organic gardener, baker, walker, and reader.