The Venerable Father Solanus Casey, a deceased Capuchin friar who may soon become the first American-born male Catholic saint, will become more familiar to Southeast Michigan residents, thanks to a new documentary created by a couple from the Brighton area.
Documentary producers Kevin Lindenmuth and Audrey Geyer run GL Productions from their home in Genoa Township. Their documentary, "The Healing Prophet,'' makes its debut on Saturday at the Solanus Casey Center in Detroit and its broadcast debut on Wednesday on WTVS, Detroit Public Television.
"We wanted to present him more as a human and show what he believed and what he did for people,'' says Lindenmuth. "People came to him and would tell him that a parent was sick, and Solanus would say that he or she would be fine in a few days, and they were. This happened to thousands of people, and that's what we wanted to present in this documentary.''
Lindenmuth and Geyer learned about Casey while watching an episode of "Unsolved Mysteries'' 12 years ago. Solanus was born in near Prescott, Wisconsin, worked in Stillwater, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin, lived in New York, and spent the last 40 years of his life in Detroit at the St. Bonaventure Capuchin Monastery. He died in 1957 at the age of 86 and his tomb is at St. Bonaventure, adjacent to the Solanus Casey Center, which was built in 2002. Lindenmuth and Geyer visited the center and said the Capuchin brothers who run it were receptive to a documentary. [...Snip] Ann Arbor News