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God's Doorkeeper: Saint André of Montreal

On January 6, 1937, the death of a humble doorkeeper for a boys’ college drew over a million people to Montreal. For 40 years, Brother André Bessette of the Congregation of Holy Cross welcomed people at the door and became known as a miraculous healer. God’s Doorkeeper looks at the heart and legacy of Brother André — as a man of prayer, of hospitality, and of compassion; a man who draws people in to experience a God who is love.

On October 17, 2010, Br. André became the first male Canadian-born saint and the first saint for the Congregation of Holy Cross. He is living proof that “it is with the smallest brushes that the artist paints the most beautiful pictures.”

Featuring interviews from Montreal, Rome, and different part of the United States — with people who knew him and others who continue Br. André’s work today. Also includes footage of the beatification and canonization ceremonies in Rome and the celebrations in Montreal, as well as a commentary by Fr. Thomas Rosica CSB on the perennial relevance of Br. André.



The Seven Crosses of Br. André's Life by Fr. Andrew Gawrych, CSC

By Fr. Andrew Gawrych, CSC
Associate Director, US Office of Vocations
Notre Dame, IN

Growing up, I feared that my life might be meaningless. In fact, it was the search for a truth and a love that could give my life eternal meaning that led me into the arms of Jesus and of the Church. Eventually, on March 29, 2010, I became a priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross “ the same religious family of Brother André Bessette.

One of the main lessons I have drawn from my saintly brother is that no life is meaningless in God. There were countless reasons why Brother Andre's life should have ended up meaningless, and yet here we are celebrating his canonization. His life is the powerful story of how our crosses can be borne as a gift and transformed into our hope for true meaning and life. I invite you to join me in praying with this hero of our faith so that our lives, like his, might take on an eternal, life-giving meaning.

Media Resources

Reflection on Brother André
Catholic Focus
Canonization
The Cantin Story
Pilgrims at Peace
We love Br. André
Catholic Radio 88.3 FM KBVM interviews Salt + Light producer Mary Rose Bacani about the documentary God's Doorkeeper: St. André of Montreal

Prayer

A Prayer to obtain a Favour from St. André of Montreal

Brother André our Father,

You gave Brother André of Montreal, your humble servant, a great devotion to St. Joseph and a special commitment to the sick and the needy. May the example of his life and ministry inspire us to ever-greater works of charity, in generous service to our brothers and sisters in need.

Give us the strength to surrender ourselves to Your will, and to be instruments of your loving mercy. Help us to follow Brother André's example of prayer and love, so that we too may come into your glory. Through the intercession of Brother André, grant the favour I now present (make your request). Through Christ our Lord.

Amen

Quotes

"When you say to God, Our Father, He has his ear right next to your lips."

"It is with the smallest brushes that the artist paints the most beautiful pictures."

"Put yourself in God's hands; he abandons no one."

"How good the Good God is! He really watches over us."

St. André of Montreal

Documentary

Salt + Light Television brings audiences the beauty and inspiration of Brother André Bessette’s story, through the documentary God's Doorkeeper: St. André of Montreal. Br. André’s life and ministry of compassion still speak to us today. Produced by Mary Rose Bacani and Sébastien Lacroix, this high-definition production features beautiful scenes and interviews from Montreal, Rome, and parts of the United States where Brother André’s spirit still lives.

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