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This blog was submitted by Fr. Andrew Gawrych, CSC, of the Indiana Province of the Congregation of Holy Cross. It is still sinking in. Brother André Bessette is now a canonized saint! Perhaps like many of you, I watched with great devotion, pride, and joy the canonization Mass early this morning. One of my own, ...read more
The sun was slowly beginning peek through the clouds and a cool breeze floated through the silent streets of Rome. It seemed like any other Sunday, until I turned the corner and arrived at St. Peter’s Square. The line of pilgrims started at each entrance and wrapped around the fence the separates Roman territory from ...read more
MONTREAL — The live broadcast of the canonization Mass for Br. André October 17 and the vigil held the night before drew several thousand people to St. Joseph’s Oratory. Some came to participate in a major historic event; others came to pay tribute to their close ties to the saint. Judith Boyce arrived at the ...read more
MONTREAL — Quebecers have been rejoicing for months, ever since the Vatican announced February 19 that their beloved Br. André would be made a saint. Now that Pope Benedict XVI formally canonized St. André Bessette, or St. Brother André (a more intimate title approved for him for local use), the celebrations can officially begin. In ...read more
Canada has its first male Canadian-born Saint! Today’s Canonization marks a momentous occasion for Canadian Catholics and surely one that will go down in history. The Canonization of six new Saints took place this morning at the Vatican. Tens of thousands gathered for the Mass in St. Peter’s Square. Among those gathered were over 5,000 ...read more
We are just hours away from Br. André’s Canonization and the excitement is growing. The team of journalists who have descended on Rome to cover the Synod of Bishops is now torn about what to cover. Canadian flags are popping up everywhere as Canadian media arrive to interview any Canadians who can talk about why ...read more
MONTREAL — Anticipation is high in Montreal with only hours to go before the canonization of Br. André in Rome. “There’s a constant flow of pilgrims coming and going,” said Danielle Decelles, a communications officer at the oratory, October 17 at 1 am. Reams of people continue to stream into the crypt church of St. ...read more
MONTREAL — St. Joseph’s Oratory was overflowing with pilgrims on the eve of Br. André’s canonization in Rome. An estimated 1,500 pilgrims attended the evening mass Oct. 16, which led into a six-hour vigil of prayer, meditation, adoration and song. Every seat in the crypt church was filled for the mass; people stood in the ...read more
This blog was submitted by Father Andrew Gawrych of the Congregation of Holy Cross “Are you going to Rome?” That was the question I heard numerous times over the past couple of weeks at the University of Notre Dame. I live in the undergraduate seminary on campus, and I work as the Associate Director of ...read more
We’re less than 24 hours away from the canonization of Br. Andre Bessette of Montreal. The excitement in Rome is palpable. It can be hard to spot Canadian pilgrims because they don’t all wear Canadian flags on their backpacks. But walking around Rome today with a Canadian flag on our camera, Danielle Jones – Salt ...read more