During the week leading up to the November 18, 2017 beatification Mass of Fr. Solanus Casey at Ford Field, I was filled with the excitement and anticipation that I believe we all had. There was to be a blessed, right here in Detroit! But I also had a unique anticipation, as I was asked to serve for the beatification Mass itself.
Along with three other seminarians for the Archdiocese of Detroit, I arrived at the stadium early. We had a brief rehearsal and then helped with last minute preparations. We scurried back and forth from a back room to the field, having our arms filled with hosts for the Mass. Each time I returned to the field, I noticed more people had arrived to fill the stands.
When the procession began from the tunnel, the stadium filled with the sound of the orchestra and the voices of thousands. It was an extraordinary experience to lead that procession of cardinals and bishops and to be a part of this inspiring event. From my experience of the beatification Mass, there were a few particular things that struck me.