Center’s Annual Fund

May the blessings of God and the good will of Blessed Solanus Casey shine upon you!

It is astounding to think that more than a year has passed since the Beatification Mass for Blessed Solanus, and that we will joyously celebrate his second feast day in July.

How blessed we are to bear witness to these events — to follow Blessed Solanus’ journey from humble doorkeeper at St. Bonaventure to “Venerable” to Beatification and ultimately, with the help of our prayers and God’s will, sainthood.

I hope you have had the pleasure of visiting the Solanus Casey Center and praying at the tomb of Blessed Solanus, or of visiting the Center online and praying from afar.

Visiting the Center online, in spirit, or in person can be a deeply moving experience. The Creation Garden, the Hall of Saints, the St. Bonaventure Chapel (where we hold our Blessing of the Sick services), the eight bronze statues representing the Beatitudes of Christ, and of course, the tomb of Blessed Solanus — it is an experience that touches the soul and will be remembered for a lifetime.

Blessed Solanus’ welcoming grace reaches far beyond the walls of our Center to wherever anyone invokes his name and seeks his intercession. Many travel great distances to experience the spiritual joy of exploring our Center and kneeling before the tomb to request Blessed Solanus’ intercession.

Since the Beatification, the number of visitors to the Center has increased greatly and keeps growing. Honestly, we’re having a hard time imagining what it’s going to be like here for the second Blessed Solanus Feast Day celebration.

Fortunately, as you may recall from my previous letters, the A.A. Van Elslander Foundation made an incredibly generous gift last December to underwrite a major renovation and expansion of the Center to accommodate the growing procession of visitors and pilgrims. If you visit in person or on our website, you’ll see that construction is well underway.

However, in the meantime, we still need to meet the growing everyday expenses of operating the Center — everything from paying the staff to paying the electric bill. That’s why I’m asking you to support our Annual Fund Campaign. The Annual Fund supports all the expenses involved in keeping the Center open and also supports our Capuchin religious life, particularly medical care for our senior friars.

Will you support us again this year with a generous donation to our Annual Fund Campaign? St. Francis never worried about where the money would come from. Nor do we, because we know that faithful friends like you, who share our devotion to Blessed Solanus and believe in the work we are doing at the Center, will step up and lend their support.

And so, I’m counting on your support once again. Please send a generous donation to help us reach beyond our walls and welcome visitors and pilgrims from all over who seek a sacred space to nurture their spirits. And join with us in spirit or in person to pray and honor Blessed Solanus.

Thank you for your generosity and thank you for being a member of our community of faith and devotion. I remember you always in my prayers.

Yours in Christ,
Father David Preuss, OFM Cap.
Executive Director, Solanus Casey Center

P.S. Just once a year do we ask for contributions to our Annual Fund Campaign. Please send the most generous donation you can to help us maintain this sacred space for the faithful from all over whose spirits draw them here. Thank you!

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