André Bessette C.S.C. (9 August 1845 – 6 January 1937), more commonly known as Brother André, and since his canonization as Saint André of Montreal, was a lay brother of the Congregation of Holy Cross and a significant figure of the Roman Catholic Church among French-Canadians, credited with thousands of reported miraculous oil healings associated with his pious devotion to Saint Joseph.
- I thank God for giving me the grace to suffer; I need it so much!
Quotes about André Bessette
- Brother Andre's life shows us the power of faith and the importance of concern for the sick and others in need.
- Brother André was a holy man whose love of God and devotion to St. Joseph, our own diocese’s patron saint, continues to be an inspiration to millions of people. In reflecting on him, Pope John Paul II said, "In each age the Holy Spirit raises up such humble witnesses of the Gospel." Brother André was a man of his age, who carried forward Christ’s message of love.