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November 17, 2017
 

  In This Update:  
 
  • Beatification for Detroit's Fr. Solanus Casey Will Take Place 11/18
  • Governor Signs POST Measures Into Law
  • The Word from Lansing Column: Promoting a Respect for Life
 
  Beatification for Detroit's Fr. Solanus Casey Will Take Place 11/18  
 
During a beatification ceremony this upcoming Saturday, November 18, Michigan's own Fr. Solanus Casey O.F.M. will become one step closer to becoming a saint. This Capuchin friar was known for his humility, compassionate counsel, and dedicated service of those most in need in the Detroit area. Fr. Solanus co-founded the city's Capuchin Soup Kitchen. His beatification ceremony will be held at Ford Field in Detroit, and he will be only the second American-born male in history to be beatified. Michigan Catholic Conference welcomes this exciting news for the Catholic Church and for the city of Detroit. 
 
  Governor Signs POST Measures Into Law  
 
After passing the Michigan Legislature in early November, measures creating the Michigan Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (POST) program have now become law. Governor Snyder signed House Bills 4170, 4171, 4173, and 4174 into law on Thursday, November 9 as Public Acts 154-157 of 2017. The program helps health care professionals honor the wishes of their seriously ill patients who voluntarily document their treatment decisions on the standardized POST form. It also allows for discussion and certain medical decisions to be made prior to a crisis so that a patient's wishes can be followed regarding treatment or non-treatment. Michigan Catholic Conference supported the bills throughout the process and is thankful to the sponsors-Representatives Jim Tedder (R-Clarkston), Laura Cox (R-Livonia), Hank Vaupel (R-Fowlerville), and Leslie Love (D-Oak Park)-for their hard work on this package. Since the bills have now been enacted, the next step will be for the Department of Health and Human Services to convene an ad-hoc committee to create the POST form and procedures.
 
  The Word from Lansing Column: Promoting a Respect for Life  
 
While society seems to link one's value to his or her abilities or independence, the Catholic Church recognizes that each person has dignity and welcomes all with warmth, compassion, and assistance. The Word from Lansing column for November highlights a few areas of ministry within the Church that reinforce this idea, including assistance for women with unexpected pregnancies, post-abortive counseling, and life-affirming care for the terminally ill. 

For more information on this topic, read Michigan Catholic Conference's latest FOCUS.

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