Solanus Casey Center’s Pilgrims

Author: Catalina Figueroa-Garibay

I often wonder why so many people, some religious and others not, some Catholic and other not, are attracted to the Solanus Casey Center. Every day, hundreds of pilgrims come to the Center for all kinds of reasons, and I often ask myself, "why are you here and what are you seeking."

Once such story is that of Chuck and JoAnn Melekian who have been attending the Healing Service every Wednesday since 2009. In June 2009, Joann was diagnosed at the Karnanos Cancer Center with a condition called "Waldenstrom's Syndrome." The Melekian's started to research more information and felt that they needed a 2nd opinion. The couple decided to make an appointment with an oncologist at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic recommended a new chemo therapy treatment, which JoAnn received at the Karmanos Cancer Center in 2009 and 2010. 

The medical interventions were not enough for the couple and both felt drawn to a spiritual renewal and heard about the Solanus Casey Center. Both Chuck and JoAnn felt the need for physical healing through the intervention Ven. Solanus Casey, a Capuchin friar who died in 1957, and who's saintly life has led to the healing of many people around the world. With the intervention of Ven. Solanus Casey and the prayers of friends and family, JoAnn continues to make significant progress. In Fr. Solanus' words, "Blessed be God in all His designs."