Monday, January 18, 2010

Cannonization of Blessed Brother Andre

Blessed Brother Andre: (News from the Generalate)
Holy Father Benedict XVI has confirmed a miraculous healing due to the intercession of Brother André. The Holy Father authorized the Congregation to issue a decree on December 19th concerning a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Brother André, CSC, founder of Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal. Pope Benedict XVI has acknowledged as scientifically inexplicable, a healing due to the intercession of Blessed Brother André.

This announcement followed upon a meeting of the Ordinary Congregation of Cardinals and Bishops. The 15 members of this group gave their favorable consent for the foregoing of the Cause. The Congregation for the Causes of Saints was thus able to present all the currently available recommendations to the Holy Father. Details of the events leading up to the last stages of the process of canonization will be published at the beginning of the New Year, 2010.

Born on August 9, 1845 at Saint-Grégoire d'Iberville in the diocese of Saint-Hyacinthe, south of Montréal, Brother André died on January 6, 1937 in Montréal. He was declared Venerable on June 12, 1978 by Pope Paul VI and was beatified on May 23, 1982 by Pope John Paul II in Rome.

This is yet another good news for Holy Cross to rejoice and to thank the Lord. Let us rejoice with the Church and model ourselves in the example of Brother Andre in our commitment to religious life in Holy Cross.