Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal in Montreal, Canada - Encircle Photos

52 Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal in Montreal, Canada

Since 1967, Saint Joseph’s Oratory has been Canada’s largest church. The impressive green dome has an exterior diameter of 128 feet and reaches a height of 318 feet. It seems much taller perched on Mount Royal’s Westmount Summit. Brother André built the first chapel here in the early 20th century. His road to sainthood is a fascinating story. As a young orphan in 1872, André Bessette was sent to Collège Notre-Dame in Montreal. He soon began healing the sick and crippled by anointing them with oil in the name of Saint Joseph. The number of people he cured by the time he died at 91 in 1937 is countless. His remains are interred inside of this Catholic minor basilica. In 2010, Pope Benedict XVI declared him a saint.

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3800 Queen Mary Rd, Montreal, QC H3V 1H6, Canada

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