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Saint Andre Bessette
Birth: Aug. 8, 1845
Mont-Saint-Gregoire
Quebec, Canada
Death: Jan. 6, 1937
Mont-Royal
Quebec, Canada

Pope Benedict XVI approved sainthood for Blessed André on February 19, 2010, with the formal canonization taking place on October 17, 2010. Brother André was the first male Catholic saint born in Canada.



Alfred Bessette was born in Canada on August 9, 1845. He entered the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1870, taking the name of Brother Andre. He was assigned to be doorkeeper at the community's high school in Montreal. There he fostered devotion to Saint Joseph among the sick and otherwise afflicted and soon became known as the "Miracle Man" of Montreal.

"I am only a man, just like you," time after time Brother André Bessette reminded petitioners who came to him. Known as a miracle worker of healing during his lifetime, this humble lay brother insisted on giving all the credit to God, the faith of those healed, and the intercession of St. Joseph. Quietly, he said, "I will pray for you." Time after time, healing came.

With ever bigger crowds of the poor and needy gathering in front of the school. it soon brought protests from the students' parents and some community members. Bro. Andre, aware of this problem, asked in 1904 to build a small chapel on the hill beyond the school. This was the small beginning of the Oratory of St. Joseph that now stands there....the tallest cathedral in the world.

If one were to seek the outstanding virtue of Brother Andre one would have to say that it was his humility. He once said: "I am ignorant. If there were anyone more ignorant, the good God would choose him in my place. " And when the power of healing was attributed to him, he responded: "It is St. Joseph who cures. I am only his little dog."

The significance of the life and works of Brother Andre for today's Christian is the fact that this humble Brother, who could scarcely read or write, was chosen by God as an instrument for good. As we read in the Preface for Martyrs, God reveals his power shining through our human weakness.

Bro. Andre died on January 6, 1937. His burial had to be postponed for several days until the last of more than three million people were able to pass by his bier and pay him homage. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II on May 23, 1982.

The significance of the life and works of Brother Andre for today's Christian is the fact that this humble Brother, who could scarcely read or write, was chosen by God as an instrument for good. As we read in the Preface for Martyrs, God reveals his power shining through our human weakness.

The remains of Saint Andre Bessette lie in the church he helped build. His body lies in a tomb built below the Oratory's Main Chapel, except for his heart, which is preserved in a reliquary in the same Oratory.

Prayer----
Lord our God, friend of the lowly, you gave your servant, Brother Andre, 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.

+++THANK YOU+++
God's many blessings to "ME" for sponsoring Brother Andre's Memorial.
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For more information visit the St. Joseph Oratory website page titled "Who Is This Man":
http://www.saint-joseph.org/en_1078_index.php
 
 
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Record added: Apr 03, 2007
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Lighting my candle for your interception prayer today Saint Andre.
- Debi Ann
 Added: Jul. 8, 2013
Praying for peace that passes all understanding. Thank you for your blessings and your beautiful St. Joseph Oratory.
- Debi Ann
 Added: May. 29, 2013
Thank you for all the blessings in my life.
- Michelle Murray-Poczobut
 Added: Sep. 30, 2011
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