Saint Bonaventure Chapel
Detroit, Michigan 48207
Open Daily: 7:30am to 5:00pm
Major Holidays: 7:30am to Noon
Inspired by the holy life of Father Solanus, the Solanus Casey Center opened its doors in 2002 in order to lead visitors on a spiritual journey. More than 200,000 people come to the center each year for prayer, to nurture the spirit, and to visit the Venerable Solanus’ tomb.
A Blessing of the Sick is celebrated every Wednesday at 2pm and every 4th Sunday at 2pm in the Saint Bonaventure Chapel of the Solanus Casey Center. The blessing incorporates a reading and reflection by one of the Capuchin Brothers, a time to share your prayers of intercession with the assembly, and a Blessing with a relic of the cross. This Blessing has ancient roots in the Church, dating back to the 6th century abbot, Saint Maurus, and has been celebrated at Saint Bonaventure’s for 100 or more years. Father Solanus was known to celebrate this Blessing each Wednesday during his many years at Saint Bonaventure and we have continued this tradition through to this day. It is a powerful experience of prayer and grace for the approximately 300 people who gather each week. Join us as we unite in thanksgiving and prayer for this moving Blessing. The Sacrament of Penance is available before and after the liturgy of Blessing and the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is available by request. Members of the St. Bonaventure Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order graciously provide refreshments each Wednesday after the Blessing to continue the celebration of fellowship.