First Holy Cross Saint Announced: Brother Andre Bessette, The Miracle Man of Montreal

Long beloved in Canada, Brother Andre will soon become a favorite in America, too!!

His story is incredible in so many ways.  Thousands of miraculous physical healings were granted the faithful through Brother Andre’s prayers through St. Joseph.  He would anoint the sick with the oil from the lamp which burned before the St. Joseph altar in the chapel of College Notre Dame where he, an illiterate, served as the door keeper.  He was inspired by St. Joseph to build a great Oratory across the street from the school on Mount Royal from which the city gets its name.  Though built during the depression and against innumerable odds, Brother Andre inspired in the city such a powerful devotion to St. Joseph that the people built the largest church in Canada bearing to this day the third largest dome in the world.

Nearly refused membership in the Congregation of Holy Cross on account of his poor health and lack of education, he was accepted as a favor to the bishop at the time who said of Andre, “You will have a saint on your hands.”  When he died at age 91 in 1937, he had outlived everyone in the community at the time of his admission. Over a million mourners filed past his body, which lay in state in the Oratory which he had inspired.

St. Joseph Oratory

Montreal, Canada

Pope Benedict XVI announced Br. André’s pending canonization in the Consistory Hall of Vatican City on Friday. The Oratory of Mt. Royal in Montreal said that his audience included priests and brothers of the blessed’s order, the Congregation of Holy Cross. They were joined by members of the Oratory and members of the Archdiocese of Montreal.  Those gathered showed elation and greeted the announcement with “warm applause.”

Fr. Hugh Cleary, CSC, Superior General of the Congregation of Holy Cross, and Rector of St. Joseph’s oratory, Fr. Claude Group, CSC, were part of the delegation, as was Canadian Ambassador to the Holy See Anne Leahy.

Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte, Archbishop of Montreal, discussed the announcement at a press conference at St. Joseph’s Oratory. He said the announcement was “the best thing that could have happened this year for the Church of Montreal.”

“I have always been impressed by this man, both a humble man and a visionary, a man of deep faith. An example of determination, still relevant today in 2010,” the cardinal said of the soon-to-be saint.

From CNA

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17 Responses to First Holy Cross Saint Announced: Brother Andre Bessette, The Miracle Man of Montreal

  1. Laurie Gaudreau-Renaud says:

    I am sooo disappointe that his story appeared on page 32 of the Edmonton Sun. This is a very important event that Canada should recognize that he is a Saint and that it is more important than the Olympics. He is a very special and he deserves to be in every Canandians prayers. He lives forever in our hearts. Thank you for giving him the recognition he deserves even though it is not on the front page. He is on my front page.

  2. lucy says:

    I am catholic I live in Kamloops I saw the movie about brother Andre and I love it.
    I will like to obtein a medal if is posible a little bottle of oil. if you can tell me please how do it
    I will appreciate. thank you very much God Bless you

  3. Jeannine Doucett Caissie says:

    My family has had a great devotion to St. Joseph through Brother Andre for years…starting with my grandparents in Memramcook, NB. I, myself, have obtained many favors through the years with Brother Andre’s intervention. I now ask the biggest favor of all…the cure of Leukemia for my daughter, Paula Babineau. She fought off Leukemia 3 1/2 years ago, and now has relapsed. She is now in hospital receiving Chemo in order to get her in remission, so that she can go to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas, to receive a Bone Marrow Transplant. I ask everyone’s prayers on her behalf, and again, I ask Brother Andre’s intervention with St. Joseph for her recovery. She is 43 years old, and has a husband, and two little adopted boys, 8 and 11 years of age.
    We live in Ft. Myers, Florida.

  4. Agent99 says:

    Praying!!

  5. Catherine says:

    much prayer needed–son’s exwife won’t permit son to visit daughter age 8-he works in the Orient & returns to the States every 2 months–it’s unfortunately her revenge is to withhold the little girl-this hurts him as she is all he has.

  6. marcellinus m cowns says:

    thank you st brother andre for your example and your granting my request for relief from an unjust lawsuit. i promise a mass of thankgsgiving in honor of you and st joseph marcellino

  7. marcellinus m cowns says:

    thank you st brother andre for your example and your granting my request for relief from an unjust lawsuit. i promise a mass of thankgsgiving in honor of you and st joseph marcellino . i affirm that this is my 1st comment i cincincinnati, ohio usa

  8. sibikar says:

    I’m proud to study in Holy Cross!!!!!!!! Thank God.

  9. Mary says:

    Hello,
    My Husband has lung cancer, that travelled to his brain. The Dr. gave him a few months to live. He has had radiation for the tumors in his brain & will start chemo. in about 3 weeks, for his lung cancer, which is inoperable.

    I am asking that my Husband receives a miracle. He is the best Husband, Father, Grandfather & Great Grandfather. We have been married 52 years & I cannot imagine life without him, as we are so close. Our lives & our five children’s lives, have been turned upside down. Thank you for your Prayers. Mary.

  10. Stephanie Bryniarski says:

    I would like to buy the healing oil from ST. Joseph Bassica The oil that Brother Aundre told people to put on the sick

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