St. André Bessette, CSC
Feast Day: January 6
Born: August 8, 1845, in Mont-Saint-Grégoire, Québec, Canada
Died: January 6, 1937, in Montréal, Québec, Canada
Throughout his early life, St. André Bessette struggled through many trials and tribulations, leaning on his faith to get through the tough times. Recognizing this devotion, Rev. André Provençal presented Bessette to the Congregation of Holy Cross in Montréal. Although he was originally rejected due to poor health, Bessette was able to join the order, making his final vows on February 2, 1874.
He was assigned to Notre Dame College in Côte-des-Neiges, Québec, and, while there, made countless trips to visit the sick. Bessette would often anoint them and pray with them to Saint Joseph. Countless individuals were cured after meeting with Bessette. "I do not cure," he would often say. "Saint Joseph cures."
Bessette died in 1937 at the age of 91.
Bessette was declared venerable in 1978 and was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1982. He was approved for sainthood by Pope Benedict XVI and canonized on October 17, 2010. Bessette was the first saint of the Congregation of Holy Cross.
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