BLOG: Canonization
A week ago, Canada celebrated the canonization of Br. André Bessette at the Olympic stadium in Montreal.  It’s been an exciting time for the Church in Canada!  My time working on all things Br. André has now come to an end (I think, but who knows what the future always holds), so I wanted to ...read more
MONTREAL — One new Canadian saint will be among those for whom Catholics will give thanks and to whom they will pray on All Saints Day this year. Saint Brother André, who founded St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal, was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI in Rome, October 17, and enthusiasm for his canonization here has ...read more
MONTREAL — Prime Minister Stephen Harper stopped in at St. Joseph’s Oratory on his way to the Olympic Stadium for the grand Canadian celebration for the canonization of Saint Brother André. He was greeted by Fr. Claude Grou, CSC, rector of the shrine that was founded by Saint Brother André more than a century ago. ...read more
I wrote the blog Encores for Brother André, mentioning the rebroadcast of the Canonization Mass and the airdates for my Catholic Focus: Remembering Brother André episode this coming weekend. But there’s much more Br. André to catch this weekend than that! So, check this out: 1. Rebroadcast of the Coverage of the Canonization Mass: Saturday, ...read more
MONTREAL — Effie Cordeiro is still in a state of sublime joy nearly two weeks after receiving the Eucharist from the Pope October 17, during the canonization Mass for Brother André. “It was awesome, amazing. I’m still trying to absorb it,” said the mother of three young adult children, whose births she and her husband, ...read more
MONTREAL — The beauty of icons is in their ability to allow people to encounter the sacred and to apprehend what is essential to their lives. Following a long-standing Church tradition to write icons of the saints, two official icons of Canada’s newest saint were written. The new icons of Brother André, written by Quebec ...read more
There were so many wonderful people I met and so many wonderful stories I heard during the filming for the documentary God’s Doorkeeper:  St. André of Montreal. Unfortunately, I couldn’t include them all in the documentary! So we’ve decided to feature a special episode of Catholic Focus entitled “Remembering Brother André”. This episode will give ...read more
For all of you who weren’t able to catch the Salt + Light coverage of the canonization of Br. André Bessette this past weekend, don’t worry.  Salt + Light is rebroadcasting the canonization coverage on Saturday, October 30th, at 10 am ET. You also have the option of viewing it at any time online.  Go ...read more
The following message was delivered by Mr. Lawrence Cannon, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, at the residence of the Canadian Ambassador to the Holy See on Sunday evening after the canonization of Saint André of Montreal.  The speech was presented in French and English. Bienvenue du Ministre des Affaires étrangères, M. Lawrence Cannon à la ...read more