Montreal's "Miracle Man" to Be Canonized Brother André Called a Witness of Faith and Love MONTREAL, Canada, FEB. 22, 2010 The bishops of Canada are calling the announcement of the canonization of Blessed André Bessette -- known as the "miracle man of Montreal" -- as a moment to rejoice. This past Friday Pope Benedict XVI announced that Brother André Bessette (1845-1937), a religious of the Congregation of the Holy Cross, would be canonized Oct. 17 2010. Brother André lived his life with great humility. Guided by a deep faith and devotion to Saint Joseph, he dedicated his life to praying, serving the poor, welcoming strangers, healing the sick and comforting the suffering. To this day, his memory remains an important witness to all Canadians, North Americans and tourist who visit the Shrine to St. joseph that he built in Canada. . Brother André was a simple porter who answered the door at the community's rectory house but he had the gift of love for all he met. Brother Andre was so close to Our Lord that he was in constant union with Him through prayer. He had such trust in St. Joseph that every day miracles occurred through Brother Andre's prayers. Literally there were scores of miracles every day at the Oratory of St. Joseph in Montreal. Brother André will be the first member of the Congregation of Holy Cross to be canonized. The order of priests and brothers, founded in France by Blessed Basil Moreau in 1832, is best known in the United States for its role in founding the University of Notre Dame. Alfred Bessette was born in 1845 in Saint-Grégoire d'Iberville, near Montreal, and joined the Congregation of the Holy Cross in 1874. He worked as a door keeper and barber at a school in Montreal, where he earned a reputation as a healer and miracle-worker. Bessette’s biographers recount tales of crippled rheumatics healed and fever-stricken schoolboys made suddenly well, often aided by 'St. Joseph's oil,' a mixture that Bessette rubbed on wounds and sick limbs after burning it under a statue of the saint. Rooted in his devotion to St. Joseph and motivated by his compassion, Brother André dedicated his life to comforting those in greatest need. Pope John Paul II praised the brother as "a man of prayer and a friend of the poor, a truly astonishing man." Brother André died in 1937, at the age of 91. He is buried at St. Joseph's Oratory in Montreal, which he founded in 1904. He was declared venerable in 1978, and beatified in 1982. Brother André will be canonized alongside Australian Mother Mary MacKillop, the founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Stanislaw Soltys, a 15th-century Polish priest; Italian nuns Giulia Salzano and Battista Varano, and Spanish nun Candida Maria de Jesus Cipitria y Barriola. May Brother Andre's legacy remind us of what each of us can achieve through faith and love.
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