Over sixty people gathered on Friday, September 13 at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery mausoleum in Southfield, Michigan to dedicate a section of the cemetery in the memory and work of Blessed Solanus Casey. An endowment fund in his name has also been created to provide financial assistance to bury the ashes of unclaimed remains and burial plots for unclaimed remains at no cost.

“It’s very appropriate that this fund is named after Blessed Solanus Casey. He was a man, a friar, a priest who accepted all people who came to his door as Christ. He received everyone,” Angela Moloney, President and CEO of the Catholic Foundation shared as she opened the event. “This fund ensures, in his name, that people, even in death, will not be forgotten. Care will be taken. Prayers will be said.” Angela invited the audience assembled in the beautiful, quiet mausoleum space to consider supporting this fund to help ensure the continuation of Bl. Casey’s work for perpetuity.Bishop Hanchon of the Archdiocese of Detroit dedicated the new section of the cemetery by offering prayers and singing hymns and psalms, leading those present in singing. Bishop Hanlon reflected, “Blessed Solanus Casey would be over there, out of view, doing whatever was asked of him. He would not be front and center. It is his love of the poor that draws our attention.” He further stated, “The fund established in his name will help us continue his work in this beautiful place.”

The Capuchin Soup Kitchen Choir performed three vibrant spiritual songs that moved those present to clap and tap their feet, as the vocals filled the sacred space with a blessed message of God’s love for all. The choir received a standing ovation as people rose to their feet, clapping, even before the final song ended. Buses were available for people to see the new cemetery section, followed by a wine tasting reception where people mingled and reflected.

Join us in supporting the mission of the Blessed Solanus Casey fund to provide for the plots and burials of unclaimed remains. Your support of this permanent endowment provides respectful Catholic burials for those in need for generations to come.

Or are you called to create a new endowment fund to support another Catholic cause? Either way, we can help. Together we can support a thriving Catholic community based on the legacy of Blessed Solanus Casey.

By: Barbara Glover