Barney Casey was born in 1870, the sixth of sixteen children in a Wisconsin farming family. Despite struggling in his studies, he became a Capuchin friar, taking the name Solanus. Father Solanus served as the monastery porter in New York, Detroit, and Indiana. Thousands came to him for help; he spoke lovingly with each, and wrote their needs in his notebook. Many graces and miracles occured through his intercession.