Solanus Casey Subject of New Play
A new production based on the life of Venerable Solanus Casey is ready to go, according to Stillwater Gazette: Twenty members of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Stillwater will bring history alive later this month. The group will perform the play "Solanus" at 7 p.m. April 29 and 30. The production was written and is directed by Molly Deaney Druffner. Dr. Don Wessel plays the part of Solanus Casey. St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Hudson, Wis., approached Druffner 10 years ago to write the play for their Solanus Casey weekend event. "Solanus" has been performed nationwide since 2000, including many performances in Detroit, home of the Solanus Casey Center. According to the Solanus Casey Center, the Rev. Solanus Casey was a Capuchin Franciscan with historical ties to Stillwater. He was born Bernard Francis Casey on Nov. 25, 1870, on a farm near Oak Grove, Wis. Casey was the sixth child in a family of 10 boys and six girls born to Irish immigrant parents. Casey moved to Stillwater to work as a logger and prison guard, among other jobs. The Stillwater Knights of Columbus group is named after Solanus Casey. Casey entered the St. Francis High School Seminary in Milwaukee to study for the diocesan priesthood at age 21. For 20 years, Casey served in the New York City neighborhoods of Harlem and Yonkers. Casey had a simple job during the Great Depression as a door greeter at the local church but he made a significant difference in many people's lives... [Full Article]. (Source: Solanus Casey Subject of Play)