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Solanus Center

Children as young as five and adults of all ages will enjoy the colorful, engaging film.The film features eleven different stories that introduce children to this humble priest's spirituality and ministry. Each segment features a child who tells a fascinating and true story about Blessed Solanus. As the story unfolds, another child colors a large drawing that is eventually revealed to be a colorful illustration of the segment.

The film was written and produced by veteran Michigan filmmakers Dr. Stan and Pam Williams under their SWC Films banner and was directed principally by Kelly Nieto, the creator of The Cross and the Light stage musical. The original orchestral score was created by Royal Oak, Michigan composer James Stonehouse. Famed Catholic illustrator and graphic novel artist, Sean Lam, created the drawings.

Although ordained a priest, Bl. Solanus Casey never received permission to hear confessions or preach a sermon. He celebrated the Eucharist each day and carried on his apostolic work not in a pulpit or confessional, but in a tiny office. He was the friary doorkeeper whom people by the thousands visited, seeking counsel and spiritual guidance. Bl. Solanus spent his life in the service of people. He was always ready to listen to anyone at any time, day or night. He faithfully served the people by providing soup for the hungry, kind words for the troubled, and a healing touch for the ill. Because of his holiness, St. John Paul II declared him Venerable in 1995. In May, 2017, Pope Francis announced that Fr. Solanus would be Beatified. Venerable Solanus was elevated to Blessed November 18 at Ford Field, Detroit, witnessed by 60,000.

We encourage you to visit the Solanus Casey Center and to become a member of the Fr. Solanus Guild.

View Entire Film 72 Minute Film or view the stories, one at a time. Please note each story has its own video segment, own drawing, and own study guide questions.  

Solanus Center
Extraordinary Video Project Cast Members GRACE MISCHEL Host
Fr. Solanus and the Bees
Extraordinary Video Project Cast Members DONOVAN JUDE GARNER Colorer
Extraordinary Video Project Cast Members HAVEN STIEBER Narrator
Love is Thicker Than Blood
Extraordinary Video Project Cast Members MARIE SCHUENEMAN Colorer
Extraordinary Video Project Cast Members EMMANUEL TCHONANG Narrator
A Crippled Boy
Extraordinary Video Project Cast Members STELLA O'BEID Colorer
Extraordinary Video Project Cast Members MATTHEW JAMIL Narrator
God's Gofer
Extraordinary Video Project Cast Members ISABEL MACIAS Colorer
Extraordinary Video Project Cast Members ANNIKA MARY GABER Narrator
Risk of Exposure
Extraordinary Video Project Cast Members BLAKE NIETO Colorer
Extraordinary Video Project Cast Members SARAH GRACE TAN Narrator
A Leg to Stand On
Extraordinary Video Project Cast Members ELLE & LIZZY UHLARIK Colorers
Extraordinary Video Project Cast Members JOSEPH SCHUENEMAN Narrator
The Tigers vs. The Saints
Extraordinary Video Project Cast Members FELICITY O'BRIEN Colorer
Extraordinary Video Project Cast Members EDWARD D. AUSTIN Narrator
Chevy's Salvation
Extraordinary Video Project Cast Members DOMINIC IBRAHIM Colorer
Extraordinary Video Project Cast Members JULIA METAS Narrator
Let's Celebrate!
Extraordinary Video Project Cast Members LOGAN RENNER Colorer
Extraordinary Video Project Cast Members MARIA SWEDORSKE Narrator
No More Bread!
Extraordinary Video Project Cast Members AMANDA TCHONANG Colorer
Extraordinary Video Project Cast Members CLAIRE ARDELEAN Narrator