Gratitude is the first sign of a thinking, rational creature.
Raised on a farm in Oak Grove, Wisconsin
Entered the Seminary in Milwaukee to become a diocesan priest
In 1897, became a Capuchin Franciscan
Received the religious name of Solanus
He died at 53 years after his ordination (exact date and time)
Declared Venerable by Pope John Paul II on July 11, 1995
Feast Day: November 5