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Alfred Bessette : Novice (1870-1874)

By David Bureau

Archivist, Roland-Gauthier Archive and Documentation Centre

August 15, 2019 Brother André, History

It was on December 27, 1870, just a few weeks after arriving at Collège Notre-Dame, that young Alfred Bessette entered the novitiate of the Congregation of the Holy Cross1. Dressed in the Brothers’ cassock with a double cincture around his waist, Alfred took his vows of commitment before the novice master, Father Julien Gastineau, CSC. It was during this ceremony that he took the name of Brother André.

Spend the summer with Saint Brother André

By Jonas St-Martin, c.s.c.

Director, Welcome and Pilgrimage Services

July 25, 2019 Brother André, Faith, Nature, Pilgrimages and Devotions, Spirituality

Now that summer is here, we can’t help but think of vacations, festivities, pleasure, sun and warmth. It is also a special time to begin a spiritual process of self-reflection that will open up a new place in your life.

Rituals for the Blessing of Vehicles

By Martin Brideau

Archives Technician

July 18, 2019 History, Pilgrimages and Devotions

By definition, a blessing is “a sacramental. It is an act, when performed by a duly qualified minister, in the name and by the authority of the Church, praying that God may look with favour on certain people and things, or dedicating them to religious service.1

Bye Bye Dust!

When spring arrives, the swallows return. New plants sprout from the earth: fragile yet resilient. A gentle breeze blows through the open windows. It’s the season of renewal, of awakening, of life… and of spring cleaning! At least, that’s what we used to do to give our homes a fresh look. Before summer begins, I recommend you perform a small, practical exercise which doubles as a way to honour Saint Brother André.

Friday March 29 Homily

To mark our gratefulness for Father Claude Grou’s recovery, following his attack on March 22, and to salute his return to pastoral fonctions, we are happy to share the homily he gave, in French, during Mass on Friday March 29.

Read the Homily in French here.

Easter Bells at the Oratory

By Andrée-Anne Doane

Titular Carillonist of Saint Joseph's Oratory

March 27, 2019 Fêtes et célébrations, History

Tradition holds that on Holy Friday, church bells everywhere fly away to Rome, receive blessing from the Pope and come back to their parish on Easter Sunday to bring back the good news of Christ reborn!

Message from Father Claude Grou, CSC

By Claude Grou, c.s.c.

Rector, Saint Joseph's Oratory

March 23, 2019 Communications, News

Father Claude Grou, Rector of Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal, addresses a few words following the aggression he was the target of on March 22, during the morning Mass at the Oratory.

Welcome God… Become like Him!

Discover the inspirational text that is offered to you on this 9th day of the Novena to Saint Joseph.

Welcome God… Enter into the mystery of prayer!

Discover the inspirational text that is offered to you on this 8th day of the Novena to Saint Joseph.

Welcome God… Under the guise of your brother, He awaits your love!

Discover the inspirational text that is offered to you on this 7th day of the Novena to Saint Joseph.

God Welcomes Us Today… Hurry! Reconcile with your brother!

Discover the inspirational text that is offered to you on this 6th day of the Novena to Saint Joseph.

God welcomes us today… Knock on the door of His heart!

Discover the inspirational text that is offered to you on this 5th day of the Novena to Saint Joseph.