Local filmmaker's documentary on Blessed Solanus to air Dec. 26 on PBS (VIDEO)

'Blessed Solanus Casey's Journey to Sainthood' examine's beloved friar's life from the perspective of those he's impacted

DETROIT — Several years in the making, a local filmmaker's documentary on the life and sanctity of Blessed Solanus Casey will air Dec. 26 on Detroit Public Television.

Keith Famie of Wixom, the director and producer of the film “Blessed Solanus Casey's Journey to Sainthood,” hosted a special screening Dec. 16 at Emagine Theater in Novi with Capuchin friars in attendance.

“The goal is to tell Solanus Casey’s journey to sainthood, examining the path one takes to get to sainthood though the lens of this Detroiter," Famie told Detroit Catholic during a 2018 interview about the project. “We’ll not only be telling the story of Fr. Solanus Casey, but also the Capuchin friars, what kind of life Bernard Casey led, and how it was that he came to Detroit.”

The documentary will air as a Christmas special at 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, on WTVS/DPTV (Channel 56). 

In a Facebook post about the project, the producers said the documentary “allowed us to delve deep into the Capuchin Franciscan life as well as gain a better understanding of what constitutes a miracle and better comprehend who the Capuchin Franciscan Friars are. It was incredibly special to have so many Capuchin Franciscan Friars from St. Bonaventure Monastery join us (Dec. 16).”

The film has been supported by the A.A. Van Elslander Foundation, along with several community leaders.

See a promotional video for the project below. For more information, visit http://solanusjourney.com/