August 9, Alfred Bessette is born to a poor family
near Richelieu, Quebec.
Leaves for the United States, where he finds work
in the factories of New England.
Returns to Canada and is accepted as a novice
at the Collège Notre-Dame in Montreal.
Takes his vows and adopts the name of
A small chapel is constructed on Mount Royal.
Lays the first stone of Saint Joseph’s Oratory.
Dies on January 6 in Montreal.
The great dome of the Oratory is completed.
The Catholic Church recognizes a miracle he performed and beatifies him as the Blessed Brother André.
Pope Benedict XVI proclaims the canonization of Brother André, Canada's first twentieth-century saint.