Father Solanus Guild




Private 9-Day Novena Nov. 30 - Dec. 8

Fr. Solanus often encouraged people to pray for vocations just as he did to discern his own calling to the Capuchin Order. It is related in his biography that he invited his mother and sister to join him in a novena of prayer before the feast of the Immaculate Conception in 1896 to determine which Religious Order he should enter. At the end of their novena after Holy Communion he felt Our Lady was telling him “go to Detroit.” That meant going to the Capuchins whose headquarters were in Detroit. Many years later he made a short reference to this in a small notebook found among his writings.

Knowing how special this novena was for him, we at the Guild Office invite you to join us in a private novena from November 30 to December 8, to pray for the advancement of Venerable Solanus’ Cause for Beatification. You might also add your own intentions for discernment of your life’s path, an increase in church vocations, or other special needs for yourself, your loved ones, or the world.

For this novena you may pray privately at a time and place of your own choice. It might be appropriate to use the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary followed by the Prayer for Beatification of Venerable Solanus Casey. Perhaps on the 9th day you'd receive the Eucharistic and open your heart to God's gentle voice as Fr. Solanus did in a similar way.

For prayer leaflets, please call the Guild Office at (313) 579-2100 ext 140 OR 169 (not both). If you get a voice mail message, please leave your name and address, spelling everything very clearly. Specify how many prayer leaflets you would like. We will mail them to you as soon as possible. Email your request to us at solanusguild@thecapuchins.org.