Andre Bessette

Religious Leader

Birthday August 9, 1845

Birth Sign Leo

Birthplace United States

DEATH DATE Jan 6, 1937 (91)

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Lay Brother of the Congregation of Holy Cross and a significant figure among Catholic French-Canadians.

Before Fame

He was orphaned at the age of 12 after his father was killed by a falling tree and his mother died of tuberculosis.


He is credited with thousands of reported miraculous healings and was asked to leave the college he was a porter at because too many sick people were entering the college looking for him.

Family Life

He was the ninth of thirteen children.

Associated With

He was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1982.