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Feature Articles

SC Connections to Father Solanus Casey: S. Ursula Fabian
By Carolyn Kesterman, Communications intern


S. Ursula Fabian entered the Sisters of Charity in September 1951, and attributed her experience with Father Solanus Casey as one of the inspirations to enter religious life.

Last week, in anticipation of the beatification of Father Solanus Casey (1870-1957) on Nov. 18, 2017, we looked at the miracles that S. Mary Cecilia Eagen’s family experienced from the Capuchin friar who touched countless lives as the wise porter of Detroit, Michigan’s St. Bonaventure Monastery. Another Sister of Charity who experienced the priest’s healing firsthand was S. Ursula Fabian (1933-2004).

When S. Ursula was 7 years old and living in Detroit, she became “very ill with a severe mastoid infection” in her left ear. Since there were no antibiotics at this time, she was going to have to have surgery. Her mother had her father take Sister to see Father Solanus to see if he could help. As she says in an autobiographical sketch she wrote in 2003, “Before we could say why we came, Father Solanus said to me, ‘Child, kneel down,’ and he blessed my left ear. We had not told him yet of my illness.” Father Solanus then showed Sister and her father around the church.

“The next day, the doctor was baffled,” she writes. “I was completely healed, and my health was on the mend in time for my First Communion. The surgery was cancelled.”

Like S. Mary Cecilia, S. Ursula considered her experience with Father Solanus to be one of the inspirations that led her to religious life. She followed the news of his beatification cause with hope, and would be very pleased to celebrate its results this month.


As a young child S. Ursula Fabian experienced Father Solanus Casey’s healing firsthand.