Brother André's reputation grew, and soon he was known as the miracle worker of Mount-Royal.] He had the strong support, however, of the diocesan Church, and thousands of cures without apparent medical explanation made him the object of popular acclaim. In 1924 construction of Saint Joseph's Oratory began on the side of the mountain, near Bessette's chapel. His humble life and his dedication to the church through prayer and service to those with poor health reflected the mission of the Holy Cross.
Bessette died in 1937, at the age of 91. A million people filed past his coffin.
Brother André was beatified by Pope John Paul II on May 23, 1982. The miracle cited in support of his beatification was the healing in 1958 of Giuseppe Carlo Audino, who suffered from cancer. He is commemorated by an optional memorial on January 6. On December 19, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI promulgated a decree recognizing a second miracle at Blessed André's intercession.
And on October 17, 2010, Pope Benedict XVI formally declared sainthood for Blessed Andre.
My husband is blessed to have his family history dating back to the 1600's due to the Catholic Church's research on Brother Andre. A thick book of 1100 pages, published in 1964, printed in French which we are honored to have in our household.
Although the story I have told is not one of the usual I tell in this blog, it is about a wonderful time in Montreal, learning first hand about a humble man who prayed for good health of all people. It was a wonder experience visiting the lovely city of Montreal. As my husband's first language as a child was French, he still does recall enough French to enjoy the French speaking people of a very cosmopolitan city.
Sweet dreams and my prayers to all to never give up and to take one step at a time to accomplish our dreams.
Love and my prayers to all,
Maria Liberto Bessette