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Superior General Rev Richard Warner, CSC, presides at a Mass of Thanksgiving

Superior General Rev. Richard Warner, C.S.C., presides at a Mass of Thanksgiving Montreal, Canada Photo credit: Steven Scardina Celebrations for Saint André, the first saint of the Congregation of Holy Cross, included Masses of Thanksgiving on Sunday, October 31, 2010, at Saint Joseph’s Oratory. Congregation of Holy Cross Superior General Rev. Richard Warner, C.S.C., presided at one of the Masses.


Mass of Thanksgiving

Mass of Thanksgiving at Saint Joseph’s Oratory Montreal, Canada Photo credit: Steven Scardina Millions of visitors travel to Saint Joseph’s Oratory each year to pray for Brother André’s intercession. On Sunday, October 31, 2010, thousands participated in Masses to honor his life and legacy. Saint André is the first saint of the Congregation of Holy Cross.


Saint André Celebrated at Olympic Stadium

Saint André celebrated at Olympic Stadium Montreal, Canada Photo credit: Steven Scardina More than 30,000 people attended a Mass of Thanksgiving for Saint André at Olympic Stadium. Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte, Archbishop of Montreal, presided over the two-hour Mass and spoke at length about Saint André.


Symbols of a Holy Life

Symbols of a Holy Life Montreal, Canada Photo credit: Steven Scardina Besides the reliquary containing a portion of Brother André’s heart, other relics of his life were brought forward at a Mass of Thanksgiving for 30,000 in Olympic Stadium: the suitcase he carried for his many visits, wooden crutches representing those cured by Brother André’s prayers, St. Joseph oil and blueprints of the oratory building.


Pilgrims Celebrate Saint André

Pilgrims Celebrate Saint André Montreal, Canada Photo credit: Steven Scardina More than 30,000 pilgrims participated in celebrations for Saint André at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. There were large groups of faithful and the crowd spanned all ages, from toddlers in strollers to seniors using walkers. This was a chance for North Americans who couldn’t make the trip to Vatican City to participate in the celebration.


Exterior of Saint Peters

Canonization of Brother André Bessette, C.S.C. Vatican City, Italy Photo credit: Steven Scardina On October 17, 2010, tens of thousands of pilgrims from around the world filled St. Peters Square, including members and supporters of the former Indiana Province, to celebrate the canonization of Brother André Bessette, the first saint of the Congregation of Holy Cross.  St. André is known for a life of service and care for the sick in Montreal, Canada, and inspires the men of Holy Cross in their ministry in education, parish and mission.


Banner of Saint Andre

Banner of St. André Bessette, C.S.C., at Canonization Vatican City, Italy Photo credit: Steven Scardina A banner St. André Bessette, C.S.C., hung on the exterior of St. Peter’s Basilica for the canonization, along with banners of the other six saints being canonized, including Sister Mary Helen MacKillop.


Pope Benedict

Pope Benedict at the canonization of Saint André  Vatican City, Italy Photo credit: Steven Scardina At the canonization ceremony on October 17, 2010, Pope Benedict XVI said that Saint André “understood what was essential to his faith.” Saint André, of the Congregation of Holy Cross, inspires the men of Holy Cross in their ministries in education, parish and mission settings.


Holy Cross Pilgrims

Congregation of Holy Cross, Indiana Province, makes pilgrimage for the canonization of Saint André Vatican City, Italy Photo credit: Steven Scardina Pictured here are just two of the hundreds of members and supporters of the former Indiana Province, who made a pilgrimage to the canonization ceremony for Saint André on October 17, 2010.


Saint Joseph’s Oratory and Saint Joseph Statue, Montreal, Canada

Statue of Brother André at Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount-Royal Montreal, Canada Photo credit: Steven Scardina Brother André had a strong devotion to St. Joseph. He prayed to God for St. Joseph’s intercession when he healed the sick.  Brother André’s dream was to build a shrine to Jesus’ earthly foster father.  The Oratory was completed after his death and is Canada’s largest church. The Oratory’s dome is the third-largest of its kind in the world.  St. André Bessette is Canada’s first saint.


Pilgrim at Saint Joseph’s Oratory, Montreal, Canada

Pilgrims at Saint Joseph’s Oratory  Montreal, Canada Photo credit: Steven Scardina Millions of visitors travel to Saint Joseph’s Oratory each year to pray for Brother André’s intercession on their behalf. Brother André spent his days consoling, healing and praying with the sick who visited him at St. Joseph’s.


André House, a ministry of the Congregation of Holy Cross, Indiana Province Phoenix, Arizona

André House, a ministry of the Congregation of Holy Cross Phoenix, Arizona Photo credit: Steven Scardina St. André is the inspiration for Congregation of Holy Cross outreach ministries in the Phoenix area.  His life of selfless service to others inspires the ministry at André House, which provides meals and other services to hundreds of homeless each day.


Downtown Chapel, a ministry of the Congregation of Holy Cross, Indiana Province, Portland, Oregon

Downtown Chapel, a ministry of the Congregation of Holy Cross Portland, Oregon Photo credit: Steven Scardina St. André is the inspiration for Congregation of Holy Cross outreach ministries in the Portland area.  His life of selfless service to others inspires the ministry at the Downtown Chapel, which provides hospitality and other services to hundreds of homeless each day.