Canonization next step for Brother André

  • December 30, 2009
{mosimage}The way is now clear for the canonization of Quebec’s first male saint after Pope Benedict XVI’s decree of a miracle attributed to Blessed Brother Andre Dec. 19.

“During these days leading up to the majestic celebration of Christmas, we have another reason to exult as we have learned that the Holy Father has officially recognized the miraculous cure which was obtained by the intercession of Blessed Brother Andre,” said Fr. Claude Grou, CSC, rector of Montreal’s St. Joseph’s Oratory. “This important step has revitalized our expectations to see Brother Andre among the saints of the Catholic Church.”

Brother Andre, born Alfred Bessette, is famous for curing multitudes of people in Montreal through his prayerful devotion to St. Joseph. Throughout his 40 years as a porter for the College of Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Coeur in Côte-des-Neiges, and until his death, thousands flocked to him for help. In his devotion to St. Joseph, Brother André aimed to have a shrine built in his name on Mount Royal. The result was St. Joseph’s Oratory.

“Brother Andre is renowned throughout the family of Holy Cross as a man whose prayer reached the heart of God,” said Fr. Jean-Pierre Aumont, CSC, the Superior of the Canadian Province of the Congregation of Holy Cross. “The miracle which has just been recognized demonstrates just how much he still attends to human suffering and inspires the life and mission of the religious of Holy Cross.”

Brother Andre died Jan. 6, 1937 at the age of 91 and was beatified May 23, 1982.

Please support The Catholic Register

Unlike many media companies, The Catholic Register has never charged readers for access to the news and information on our website. We want to keep our award-winning journalism as widely available as possible. But we need your help.

For more than 125 years, The Register has been a trusted source of faith-based journalism. By making even a small donation you help ensure our future as an important voice in the Catholic Church. If you support the mission of Catholic journalism, please donate today. Thank you.