St. André Bessette 

St. André Bessette

Born on August 9, 1845, Alfred Bessette entered the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1870 and took the name Brother André. As doorkeeper in one of the congregation’s schools, he fostered devotion to St. Joseph among the sick and otherwise afflicted and soon became known as the “Miracle Man of Montreal.”

In 1904, Brother André founded the world-renowned Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal. He died on January 6, 1937, and one million persons paid him a last homage. He was canonized on October 17, 2010, by Pope Benedict XVI. 


Lord our God, friend of the lowly, you gave your servant, St. André Bessette, a great devotion to St. Joseph and a special commitment to the poor and afflicted. Through his intercession help us to follow his example of prayer and love and so come to share with him in your glory. We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.

St. André Bessette, pray for us.


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