Venerable Mother Maria Kaupas, the foundress of the Sisters of Saint Casimir, helped Lithuanian Catholic immigrants preserve their faith, language and culture in the United States.
“Father Al” was declared venerable by Pope Francis on Jan. 22, 2015.
Reports of Father Solanus’ sanctity spread in his own lifetime — along with reports of healings, conversions and resolutions of every kind of problem through his advice, blessing or prayers.
“O help! O help! O holy Mother of God, let me become so inflamed and sanctified that I am not always thinking of breakfast.”
“If I get a direct threat or am told to leave, I will go. But if it is my destiny that I should give my life here then so be it…”
“If you must fail, fail on the side of kindness,” said the nun who was renowned for her sanctity. “Be kinder than kindness itself to the old people.”
“The Church is being persecuted because of its option for the poor.”
On July 8, 2016, Pope Francis authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate a decree recognizing Bishop Gallegos’ heroic virtues and declaring him Venerable.