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To Free from suffering following the example of Saint Brother André

Over the years, the Counseling Office of Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal, a space of welcome, of listening, and of compassion, has without question become a valuable service offered to people who are wounded, not necessarily physically – as was the case in the time of Brother André (1904 to 1937) — but rather psychically, psychologically, emotionally, affectively, morally, and religiously.

What Remains of Brother André Today?

By Julie Buduroi

Registrar of Collections, Saint Joseph's Oratory Museum

February 20, 2020 Brother André, History

Brother André left few objects behind. The few pieces preserved at the Oratory Museum remind us that Brother André was a simple man. His great devotion to Saint Joseph moved large crowds in the early 20th century. This immense faith left us a legacy: the internationally renowned sanctuary, Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal.

A Fond Farewell to Saint Brother André

By David Bureau

Archivist, Roland-Gauthier Archive and Documentation Centre

January 6, 2020 Brother André

Frequent reference has been made to the magnitude of the funeral that followed the death of Brother André, on January 6, 1937. For an entire week, hundreds of thousands of people came to pay their respects and attend the funeral in the burning chapel of the Oratory’s crypt. The crowd was so large that it could take up to four hours to reach the coffin. And you couldn’t linger for long in front of Brother André’s body. According to reports from that time, there were 110 visitors per minute! 1

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.

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.

Everything to God in a Consecrated Life

Saint John Paul II initiated what would become the instauration of February 2 as the annual World Day for Consecrated Life. The date is symbolic in using the same date as the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord at the Temple.

Saint Brother André’s Guide

By David Bureau

Archivist, Roland-Gauthier Archive and Documentation Centre

January 29, 2019 Brother André, History

We recently found trace of someone who played a key role in Saint Brother André’s religious life: Father Joseph André Provençal (1817-1889).

Ah! What Great Mystery

Reflection on the Nativity and on Saint Joseph’s Oratory’s Pastoral Theme for 2019 : God Welcomes Us.

Read full article in French here.

Brother André’s Prie-Dieu

By Claude Grou, c.s.c.

Rector, Saint Joseph's Oratory

November 14, 2017 Brother André, History, Spirituality

In December, we will mark the 100th anniversary of the Crypt Church of the Oratory, a place where saint Brother André prayed so often and which remains today at the heart of the shrine…

An Unusual Friendship

By David Bureau

Archivist, Roland-Gauthier Archive and Documentation Centre

October 17, 2017 Brother André, History

Saint Brother André was known to welcome without distinction all visitors, from the humblest to the most fortunate. He also maintained many friendships, some of which are surprising…

From Friends to Associates…

By David Bureau

Archivist, Roland-Gauthier Archive and Documentation Centre

February 21, 2017 Brother André, History

Brother André’s passing on January 6, 1937, sent shockwaves through Quebec society. It also spawned a support network for the continuation of his work, which is still in operation today… Read the full article in French.