About Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal
A must-see destination in Montreal, Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal is the guardian of an exceptional historical, religious, architectural and cultural heritage that contributes to the city’s influence with nearly two million visitors per year. It is important to preserve, enhance and keep it alive in order to transmit this precious of heritage future generations.
Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal, founded in 1904 by Saint Brother André, CSC, is the largest pilgrimage center in the world dedicated to Saint Joseph. It is the result of the determination of this modest man, an entrepreneur at heart, who still inspires pride and devotion today. From a small chapel dedicated to Saint Joseph, Brother André and those who have continued and supported his work over several generations, have left us a precious legacy: an unconditional welcome and respect for all people, nature and the environment.
Today, Saint Joseph’s Oratory is still a place of faith, prayer, healing and peace, where pilgrims and visitors are welcomed in a spirit of openness and compassion.
Continue to walk in the footsteps of Saint Brother André as you have always done, thinking of the legacy you may leave behind in your turn.
The Oratory is a place of openness, gathering and reflection in the heart of the city of Montréal, where the heritage of Saint Brother André thrives.
A place of peace where everyone can live their spirituality and enjoy moments of well-being, the Oratory welcomes pilgrims and visitors who come to rejuvenate themselves, with respect for their culture and their path.
How your gift will be used
Your donation to the Oratory makes possible:
- 52 masses per week in French, English and Spanish;
- Some 50 hours of consultations and confessions every week;
- A tour with the reliquary of Saint Brother André in some one hundred parishes and retirement homes across Canada and the United States;
- Access to the Garden of the Way of the Cross, an oasis of greenery, conducive to contemplation, to meditation, to a sense of wonder and to inner peace;
- Some 60 annual concerts with internationally renowned guests, some in collaboration with the Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal;
- The maintenance, conservation and restoration of more than 30,000 works representing the Oratory’s artistic religious heritage;
- The funds needed to sustain the Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal, an important educational project that brings together 200 internationally renowned choristers.