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Wisconsin native to be beatified

Fr. Solanus Casey. (Photo courtesy Solanus Casey Center, Detroit)

(WLUK) -- A Wisconsin native is one step closer to sainthood.

Capuchin Friar and Catholic priest Solanus Casey will be beatified next month at Detroit's Ford Field, making him only the second American-born man to be beatified.

Casey died in Detroit, but was born near Oak Grove, WI in 1875.

He held his first mass at Appleton's St. Joeseph Church in 1904.

He died at the age of 86 on the same day and hour as his first Holy Mass.

A friend of his shared the life and work of Casey.

"His message, his life of holiness is so approachable and immitatable. He's real and again that helps people to see the connection, the identity between him and us," said Rev. Dan Crosby.

Back in May, Pope Francis attributed a miracle to Casey changing his title to "Blessed."

Casey only needs one more attributed miracle to become canonized as a saint.

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