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André Bessette

1845 - 1937

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André Bessette, C.S.C. (9 August 1845 – 6 January 1937), more commonly known as Brother André (French: Frère André), and since his canonization as Saint André of Montreal, was a lay brother of the Congregation of Holy Cross and a significant figure of the Catholic Church among French-Canadians, credited with thousands of reported miraculous oil healings associated with his pious devotion to Saint Joseph.Bessette was declared venerable in 1978 and was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1982. Pope Benedict XVI approved the decree of sainthood for Bessette on 19 February 2010, with the formal canonization taking place on 17 October 2010. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of André Bessette has received more than 449,146 page views. His biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia. André Bessette is the 2,118th most popular religious figure, the 280th most popular biography from Canada and the 3rd most popular Canadian Religious Figure.

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Among religious figures, André Bessette ranks 2,118 out of 2,238Before him are Abdullah ibn Hudhafah as-Sahmi, Jean-Pierre Ricard, Léon-Adolphe Amette, Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez, Oliver of Paderborn, and Odilo Scherer. After him are Richard Hooker, Charles Blondin, Saint Thorlak, Sawa, Richard of Chichester, and Hugh Latimer.

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Among people born in 1845, André Bessette ranks 72Before him are Tina Blau, Žemaitė, Félix Tisserand, Quanah Parker, Jorge Montt, and Arthur MacArthur Jr.. After him are Paul Deussen, Pier Andrea Saccardo, George Kennan, Sámuel Teleki, Antonin Mercié, and William Christie. Among people deceased in 1937, André Bessette ranks 118Before him are Mikheil Javakhishvili, Alexander Chayanov, Lyubomir Miletich, Andrew Mellon, Madison Grant, and Bolesław Leśmian. After him are Adalbert Deșu, Sigizmund Levanevsky, Abdülhak Hâmid Tarhan, Yan Gamarnik, Ernst Hoppenberg, and Alexander Chervyakov.

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Among people born in Canada, André Bessette ranks 280 out of 1,350Before him are John Vernon (1932), John Murray (1841), Tricia Helfer (1974), Norman L. Bowen (1887), John Peters Humphrey (1905), and Steven Erikson (1959). After him are Northrop Frye (1912), Shirley Douglas (1934), Alexander Knox (1907), Len Cariou (1939), Susan Clark (1943), and Guy Lafleur (1951).


Among religious figures born in Canada, André Bessette ranks 3Before him are Marc Ouellet (1944) and Gaëtan Dugas (1952). After him are Jacques Plante (1929), Jean-Claude Turcotte (1936), John Howe (1957), Gérald Lacroix (1957), Paul Grégoire (1911), Charles Scicluna (1959), Mike Bossy (1957), Charles Coughlin (1891), and Thomas Christopher Collins (1947).