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Alfred Bessette : Novice (1870-1874)

By David Bureau

Archivist, Roland-Gauthier Archive and Documentation Centre

August 15, 2019 Brother André, History

It was on December 27, 1870, just a few weeks after arriving at Collège Notre-Dame, that young Alfred Bessette entered the novitiate of the Congregation of the Holy Cross1. Dressed in the Brothers’ cassock with a double cincture around his waist, Alfred took his vows of commitment before the novice master, Father Julien Gastineau, CSC. It was during this ceremony that he took the name of Brother André.

Spend the summer with Saint Brother André

By Jonas St-Martin, c.s.c.

Director, Welcome and Pilgrimage Services

July 25, 2019 Brother André, Faith, Nature, Pilgrimages and Devotions, Spirituality

Now that summer is here, we can’t help but think of vacations, festivities, pleasure, sun and warmth. It is also a special time to begin a spiritual process of self-reflection that will open up a new place in your life.

Bye Bye Dust!

When spring arrives, the swallows return. New plants sprout from the earth: fragile yet resilient. A gentle breeze blows through the open windows. It’s the season of renewal, of awakening, of life… and of spring cleaning! At least, that’s what we used to do to give our homes a fresh look. Before summer begins, I recommend you perform a small, practical exercise which doubles as a way to honour Saint Brother André.

Everything to God in a Consecrated Life

Saint John Paul II initiated what would become the instauration of February 2 as the annual World Day for Consecrated Life. The date is symbolic in using the same date as the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord at the Temple.

Saint Brother André’s Guide

By David Bureau

Archivist, Roland-Gauthier Archive and Documentation Centre

January 29, 2019 Brother André, History

We recently found trace of someone who played a key role in Saint Brother André’s religious life: Father Joseph André Provençal (1817-1889).

Ah! What Great Mystery

Reflection on the Nativity and on Saint Joseph’s Oratory’s Pastoral Theme for 2019 : God Welcomes Us.

Read full article in French here.

Brother André’s Prie-Dieu

By Claude Grou, c.s.c.

Rector, Saint Joseph's Oratory

November 14, 2017 Brother André, History, Spirituality

In December, we will mark the 100th anniversary of the Crypt Church of the Oratory, a place where saint Brother André prayed so often and which remains today at the heart of the shrine…

An Unusual Friendship

By David Bureau

Archivist, Roland-Gauthier Archive and Documentation Centre

October 17, 2017 Brother André, History

Saint Brother André was known to welcome without distinction all visitors, from the humblest to the most fortunate. He also maintained many friendships, some of which are surprising…

From Friends to Associates…

By David Bureau

Archivist, Roland-Gauthier Archive and Documentation Centre

February 21, 2017 Brother André, History

Brother André’s passing on January 6, 1937, sent shockwaves through Quebec society. It also spawned a support network for the continuation of his work, which is still in operation today… Read the full article in French.

Remembering January 6, 1937

By Nathalie Dumas


January 6, 2017 Brother André, History

Eighty years ago, on January 6, 1937, Brother André’s passing made headlines in all the papers.

A Family Treasure

By Nathalie Dumas


November 23, 2016 Brother André, History

The Bessette family tree in Canada and the United States has many branches, with a common ancestor: Jean Bessette said Brise-tout who married Anne Le Seigneur on July 3, 1668. So what branch does the Higgins Family belong to?