Saint André Bessette


St. Andre and Hospitality

Author: Fr. Jarrod Waugh, C.S.C.

Posted In: Brotherhood, Feasts, and Saint André Bessette

St Andre statue in the Sacred Heart Basilica

St. Andre knew very well that the hospitality he shared with others, whether at the door of a school, or in a bus station, or at a lovely chapel, is an extension of the Love that was first shared with him. Read More


October Feasts in Mexico

Author: Mr. Ryan Pietrocarlo, C.S.C.

Posted In: México, Mission, and Saint André Bessette

Saint André Bessette

Mr. Ryan Pietrocarlo, C.S.C., writes that even some familiar feasts, like St. Andre Bessette or All Souls, have a somewhat different character in Mexico compared to the United States.  Read more about his grateful observations and experiences here. Read More



Memories of Montreal

Author: Mr. James Henke

Posted In: Pilgrimages and Saint André Bessette

St Andre Bessette

St. Andre has a visible impact on the Congregation of Holy Cross, reminding all of us about the importance of humility and the beautiful fruits born from the willful submission of ourselves to God’s will. Read More


Unassuming Protector and Guide

Author: Fr. Brian Ching, C.S.C.

Posted In: Feasts, Patrons, and Saint André Bessette

Holy Family Statue

While St. Joseph is sometimes left out of the picture with Jesus and Mary, his dedication and grace made the life of the Holy Family possible. With St. André, we praise him and ask for his intercession as we seek to follow his example.

 
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UP Student Affairs Hosts Retreat on the Feast of St. André

Author: Fr. Randy Rentner, C.S.C.

Posted In: Saint André Bessette and Universities and Colleges

University of Portland Student Affairs Retreat

The Division of Student Affairs at the University of Portland celebrated the feast of St. André Bessette this year with a day-long retreat. Fr. Kevin Grove, C.S.C., was invited to lead the retreat, which focused on Blessed Basil Moreau’s vision of a Holy Cross education. He stressed the importance of Fr. Moreau’s choice of the Holy Family as an inspiration for working together to care for the students who live and study at the university. Read More


Following a Saint who Followed a Saint

Author: Fr. David Eliaona, C.S.C.

Posted In: Saint André Bessette

Fr David Eliaona, CSC

“As St. André himself would say to all those pilgrims, ‘Ite ad Joseph, Go to Joseph,’” writes Fr. David Eliaona, C.S.C., reflecting on St. André and his recent pilgrimage to the Oratory built by the first canonized saint in Holy Cross. “It is nothing more than one saint pointing to another saint in order to reach Christ, the ultimate Saint. Very soon one finds that in this (our own) pilgrimage: ‘We are all Saints,’ going to visit a saint, who points us to another saint … who in the end points us to Christ.”

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Happy Feast of St. André!

Author: Fr. John Dougherty, C.S.C.

Posted In: Saint André Bessette

Saint André

“I truly believe that my own vocation in Holy Cross goes back to Saint André Bessette,” writes Fr. John Dougherty, C.S.C. “It amazes me that my uncle (Br. Fulgence Dougherty, C.S.C.) and André were alive at the same time. Although they never met, they were cut from the same cloth. As a ‘younger’ Holy Cross religious I hope that I can share in their devotion to Saint Joseph and our Blessed Mother.” Read More


Inspired by Brother André to be a Saint

Author: Mr. Michael Mercurio

Posted In: Pilgrimages and Saint André Bessette

St Joseph's Oratory in Montreal

“Whenever I look at my Brother André prayer card on my desk, I remember that I, too, can be a saint,” writes Michael Mercurio, a junior at Notre Dame in reflecting on the recent pilgrimage to St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal. “I don’t need to be amazing. I don’t need to be great. I just need to be me, and to accept God’s call to serve Him.” Read More


Saint Andre: Cartoon Hero

Author: Holy Cross Vocations US Province

Posted In: Saint André Bessette

Saint André Comic

The press keeps coming for our first canonized Holy Cross saint, Saint André Bessette.  Recently, he was featured in a cartoon in Venture magazine for children. We are pretty sure that Saint André never dreamed that he would be a cartoon hero, but today he is – and so much more. Read More


Stonehill Launches New Saint André Lecture

Author: Holy Cross Vocations US Province

Posted In: Saint André Bessette

Saint André Lecture

On Tuesday, Stonehill College, which was founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1948 in Easton, MA, launched the first annual Saint André Lecture in honor of the first saint of Holy Cross.  The inaugural lecture was given by Nicholas Kristof, an op-ed columnist for the New York Times and two-time Pulitizer Prize winner.  His lecture was entitled "Welcoming the Other." Read More


Downtown Chapel renamed St. André Bessette Catholic Church

Author: Holy Cross Vocations US Province

Posted In: Parish and Saint André Bessette

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By the decree of The Most Reverend John Vlazny, Archbishop of Portland in Oregon (US), the Downtown Chapel, which had been formally known as St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, has been renamed for the first saint in the Congregation of Holy Cross. Effective as of January 6, 2011, the landmark parish at the intersection of West Burnside and Sixth Avenue is now St. André Bessette Catholic Church, perhaps making it the first parish in the world – or at least the first in the United States – to bear the name of this saintly Holy Cross brother. Read More


Happy First Feast Day!

Author: Holy Cross Vocations US Province

Posted In: Community and Saint André Bessette

Saint André

January 6th is a big day for the Congregation of Holy Cross. Of course, January 6th has traditionally been the celebration of the Feast of Epiphany (although in the United States the feast has been transferred to the first Sunday after January 1). January 6th is also the day that Saint André Bessette died in this world and was born in the world to come. Usually, the Church celebrates the saints on the day of their birth into eternal life, but in future years, Saint André’s feast will be celebrated on January 7th to avoid the Feast of Epiphany. This year, however, having just been canonized on October 17, 2010, by Pope Benedict XVI, we mark this humble, holy Brother of Holy Cross on the day the Lord received him into eternal life 74 years ago. Read More







Saint André Canonization Watch

Author: Mr. Brian Ching, C.S.C.

Posted In: Saint André Bessette

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Not all the celebrations of the canonization of Saint André Bessette took place in Rome. Many of our Holy Cross parishes and schools had events surrounding the canonization. One example is St. John Vianney Parish in Goodyear, Arizona. Read More



St. André Bessette: Pope Benedict XVI's Canonization Homily

Author: Holy Cross Vocations US Province

Posted In: Community and Saint André Bessette

Pope Benedict XVI

This morning in Rome, Pope Benedict XVI canonized Br. André Bessette, C.S.C., and five other blesseds as saints in the Roman Catholic Church.  In his homily, Pope Benedict XVI spoke of St. André Bessette, the first saint in the Congregation of Holy Cross, as a “man of simplicity” for whom “everything spoke of God and his presence.  May we, following his example, search for God with simplicity to discover Him always present in the core of our lives!” Read More



Celebrating a Saint: Straight to the Difficult

Author: Fr. Jose Ahumada, C.S.C.

Posted In: Saint André Bessette

Fr Jose Ahumada, CSC

Today is the last in our series of Sunday reflections on Brother André Bessette as next Sunday we will be celebrating his canonization, and we will have blog posts from pilgrims in Rome for that historic day!  So stay tuned!  Our reflection this Sunday has an international flair, coming from Fr. Jose Ahumada, C.S.C., who is the rector of St. George’s College in Santiago, Chile. Read More



Celebrating a Saint: Holiness at Home in Humanity

Author: Br. Thomas A. Dziekan, C.S.C.

Posted In: Saint André Bessette

Br Thomas A Dziekan, CSC

In our continuing series of personal reflections on Brother André leading up to his canonization in Rome on October 17, today we here from the Vicar General of the Congregation of Holy Cross, Brother Thomas A. Dziekan, C.S.C.  He shares how Brother André drew him into his vocation as a brother in Holy Cross. Read More


Celebrating a Saint: God-with-us

Author: Fr. Bill Wack, C.S.C.

Posted In: Saint André Bessette

Fr Bill Wack, CSC

Here is the fourth in our on-going series of personal reflections from Holy Cross religious on what Blessed Brother André, who will be canonized October 17th, means to them. This week's comes from Fr. Bill Wack, C.S.C., who worked for many years at André House, a Holy Cross ministry serving the poor and the homeless in downtown Phoenix. Read More


God's Doorman: Brother André in HD

Author: Fr. Thomas Rosica, C.S.B.

Posted In: In the Press and Saint André Bessette

Fr Thomas Rosica, CSB

Salt + Light Television, our Catholic channel of hope from Canada, has been working on a beautiful documentary on the life of Brother André entitled God’s Doorman.  Although the documentary is currently racing toward completion, they just launched the website for it, which includes the trailer for what has been a real labor of love for the people at Salt + Light. Today we share with you some remarks that their CEO, Fr. Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., gave on Brother André in the context of a conference of vocation and seminary personnel. Read More


Celebrating a Saint: Another Brother André Miracle

Author: Br. Ron Whelan, C.S.C.

Posted In: Saint André Bessette

Br Ron Whelan, CSC

Here is the fourth in our on-going series of personal reflections from Holy Cross religious on what Blessed Brother André, who will be canonized October 17, means to them. This week's comes from Brother Ron Whelan, C.S.C.:

I first heard of Brother André Bessette as a young Holy Cross Brother when . . .   Read More


Celebrating a Saint "Go to Joseph"

Author: Fr. Tom Looney, C.S.C.

Posted In: Saint André Bessette

Fr Thomas Looney, CSC

Here is the third in our series of personal reflections from Holy Cross religious on what Blessed Brother André, who will be canonized October 17, means to them. This week's comes from Fr. Thomas P. Looney, C.S.C., the provincial superior of the Eastern Province of Priests and Brothers:

“Go to Joseph!” – When a “saint” tells me to seek out another saint, to expand the circle of prayer and intercession, to give voice to my need, it strikes me as advice worth heeding... Read More


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