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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.

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

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!

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).

Colours from Another Era

By David Bureau

Archivist, Roland-Gauthier Archive and Documentation Centre

September 24, 2018 Arts and culture, History

Discover architectural drawings and sketches from the very beginnings of the conceptual work on the Basilica and the Crypt Church. Full article in French here

Josephology: The Science of Saint Joseph

By David Bureau

Archivist, Roland-Gauthier Archive and Documentation Centre

March 7, 2018 Faith, History, Saint Joseph

This little-known research centre has maintained a low-key presence at the heart of the sanctuary for nearly 70 years. Discover its work dedicated to “josephology”.

Brother André’s Last (Little) Trip

By David Bureau

Archivist, Roland-Gauthier Archive and Documentation Centre

December 15, 2017 Arts and culture, History, News

Few pilgrims know that back in the day, the Crypt Church, now centenarian, used to house the tomb of Saint Brother André. Read the article in French, by David Bureau.

A Centenarian Organ

By David Bureau

Archivist, Roland-Gauthier Archive and Documentation Centre

November 16, 2017 Feasts and Celebrations, History, Organ, Religious Heritage

The Crypt Church will be one hundred years old in December 2017. Read about its Casavant Organ in the french blog article here : Un orgue centennaire.

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…

A Donation to Saint Joseph

By Julie Buduroi

Registrar of Collections, Saint Joseph's Oratory Museum

July 21, 2017 Arts and culture, History

As part of the exhibit Saint Joseph Like Montréal, the Oratory Museum presents, for the first time, a statuette of Saint Joseph courtesy of a donation by the Sisters of Charity of Montreal. Read the full article in French here.