A November ceremony will celebrate the beatification of Father Solanus Casey.

Miracles, by definition, are unexplainable. 

But Paula Medina Zarate, a retired teacher from Panama, is unwavering in explaining the events of Sept. 12, 2012. On that day, Zarate kneeled at the tomb of Father Solanus Casey at St. Bonaventure Monastery on Detroit’s east side, and her life was changed.

“Detroit is the place of my dreamings now,” said Zarate, through tears during a phone call last week.  “I never expected to find life in a tomb.”

On Saturday, at Detroit’s Ford Field, Zarate will take part in the Catholic ceremony that beatifies Father Solanus Casey, which will bring the legendary co-founder of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen one step closer to sainthood.

The ceremony celebrates Pope Francis’ decree that Zarate’s genetic skin condition was healed through a God-granted miracle, propelled along by prayers to the humble Capuchin friar.

“Father Solanus changed my life,” Zarate said. “So much of my suffering went silent in Detroit.”


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