Continuing with that general theme, I thought I'd post some photos of St. Joseph's Oratory, which I had the opportunity to visit during a work trip to Montreal back in September. Not only is the Oratory a beautiful church, but it's also the home of St. André of Montreal, a lay brother of the Congregation of Holy Cross whose intercession is credited for thousands of miraculous healings.
Known as "Brother Andre", the saint was a doorman known for his great devotion to St. Joseph and was canonized by Pope Benedict in 2010.
|The basilica's exterior from the parking lot|
|A timeline of Brother Andre's life and canonization|
|Just a few of the many crutches left by believers healed at the oratory|
|The interior of the church|
|The Alter and Tabernacle|
|The Crucifix from the back of the Sanctuary|
|I am always deeply moved by the Crucified Christ hanging in agony|
|The chapel where St. Andre lived and prayed|
|The interior of the chapel|
|More crutches and engraved plaques commemorating miracles granted through the intercession of St. Joseph|
|The living quarters of Brother Andre|
|Another view of Brother Andre's living quarters|