Saint André Bessette’s Saint Joseph oratory in Montreal

Saint André Bessette's Saint Joseph oratory in Montreal

Saint André Bessette’s Saint Joseph oratory in Montreal

Bernadette lights a prayer candle Aug. 31 in the Saint Joseph oratory on Mont-Royal in Quebec. Saint André Bessette (1845-1937), a distant cousin, founded the oratory in 1904, and then took over as its guardian. André became well known for his collection of canes and wheelchairs, left by people who sought his help with healing. His miracles were validated in Rome, which led to his canonization by Pope Benedict XVI on Oct. 17, 2010.

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