Mother of The Now Detroit's producer talks about praying with Solanus Casey

Posted at 4:35 PM, Nov 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-17 16:35:50-05

The beatification of Father Solanus Casey takes place Saturday and those who knew him say they're aren't surprised he is on track to becoming a Saint.

The Now Detroit's producer Rosemary Wlodarczyk's mother, Josephine, met with Father Solanus many times, asking for prayers and blessings. She is one of the thousands attending tomorrow's event at Ford Field.

Josephine Wlodarczyk said, "An aura around him. He had the most beautiful blue eyes and they always looked heavenly."

That's what Josephine remembers about Father Solanus Casey.

The beatification mass for Father Solanus takes place Saturday. After that, a miracle must be performed before he is named a Saint.

Josephine kept many of his handwritten letters and signed prayer cards. She believes his prayers were powerful.

"Patted me on the head. Gave me his blessing and then it seemed like something came over me. Something holy."

Josephine went to seem him when she was having a problem with her schoolwork.

"And I said pray for me," she explained. "He said 'okay, you pray for me and I will pray for you.' He said 'you will be okay.' Well, the next day, that problem was gone."

The beatification of Father Solanus will draw in thousand, including Josephine's family. They will be sitting near the front.

"Oh I will be so elated. I think I'm going to have to have many handkerchiefs to cry on."

Josephine believes Father Solanus has already performed miracles. When her brothers were in World War II, she asked him to send them prayers.

She thinks that's the reason they came home safe.

"My older brother said, 'I don't know how I was saved. I was in my army tank and I got up to stretch and then they bombed the army tank.' And he said, 'I would have been in it. I just got out a minute to stretch.'"

Josephine's sister once told her she would live a long life because of the many blessings she received from Father Solanus. Josephine turns 97 next month.

"He'd smile at you and he would speak very softly and look at you like he wanted God to be with you."

The event takes place tomorrow at 4pm.