|Mass for Brother André in the Olympic Stadium|
Montreal, Canada, Nov. 23, 2010 – On Sunday October 17,
2010 Pope Benedict canonized 5 saints in Rome, including Brother
André, a religious member of the Congregation of the Holy
And though the ceremony took place in Rome, this
did not stop residents of Montreal from celebrating at home.
Approximately 50,000 local residents gathered on October 30, 2010 in
the Montreal Olympic Stadium to commemorate their native son at
a special Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated by Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte,
the Archbishop of Montreal. Among those in attendance were ECYD
members and the road team of Regnum Christi consecrated women
who serve their area.
Consecrated woman Veronica Canales provided some background.
“Brother André is from Montreal and is the second Canadian-born
saint,” she said. “It was only appropriate that, in a
place where so many great athletes have been acclaimed for
their skill and awarded medals, we celebrate one who won
the prize that is eternal and continues to change the
lives of millions through his intercession.
“We had our young
ECYD girls and their mothers from the Ottawa area who
wanted to attend the Mass,” she said. “It is not
every day that a man your grandparents or neighbors knew
becomes a saint!”
|Some of the ECYD members after to the Mass|
The consecrated women and ECYD members first gathered
at Saint Stanislas parish in Montreal, where Fr Louis de
Vaugelas, LC, is the Vicar, before making the trip to
the Olympic stadium. When asked why they had come all
the way to Montreal for this Mass, the girls and
moms said they wanted to take part in this historical
moment for the Church and the country.
“Mass was amazing. It
lasted for 2 hours, and it was bilingual,” said Veronica.
“The girls experienced the family of the Church in their
own country. At seeing the procession of priests and bishops
enter, one of them said, ‘I’ve never seen so many
bishops in one place in my life!’”
During the Mass
and celebration, the girls learned much about the life of
Brother André, including the three words put on his tombstone
--“pauper, servus et humilis” meaning “poor, humble servant.”
message conveyed was the importance of prayer in order to
live a holy life,” said Veronica. “The entire experience was
very positive for all of us. I am sure it
will stay in our memories forever.”