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Saint Andre Bessette


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It was Brother Andre's great love for and trust in St. Joseph, however, that would make him famous. Brother Andre started to welcome the sick and broken-hearted. He invited them to pray to St. Joseph to obtain favors. Before long, many people reported their prayers were being answered. For 25 years, in his small office or in the tramway station across the street from the college, Brother Andre spent six to eight hours a day receiving visitors. He built a chapel with the help of friends and eventually saw the construction of the St. Joseph Basilica at Mount Royal. He died Jan. 6, 1937, at the age of 92, and newspapers reported that more than a million people attended his wake and burial.

Brother Andre helps us discover the power of miracles in our life through his great devotion to St. Joseph. The life of this new saint also convinces young readers to never give up on the dream God has for them. No matter what happened, he kept praying and working for what God wanted. Saint André Bessette was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI in October 2010.

Ages 8 - 12