Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Pickled Heart of the Miracle Man of Montreal

Brother Andre Bessette died in 1937 after years of unscientifically healing people. Known as the "Miracle Man of Montreal," his heart was cut from his body and put on display in a jar, where it remains today.

Address:
3800 Queen Mary Rd, Montreal, PQ, Canada
Directions:
South side of downtown, inside the hilltop Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount-Royal. Take Hwy 15 exit 66. Drive north for several blocks on Chemin Queen Mary (Queen Mary Rd), past a series of identical multi-story buildings on the right. Immediately after they end, turn right onto Cedar Crescent, then take the first left which leads up to the Oratory. "The Heart of Brother Andre" is displayed on the west side of the building, part of a small museum about Brother Andre's life.
Phone:
514-733-8211
Admission:
Admission is free, but parking is five bucks.
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Pickled Heart Miracle Man

Brother Andre was recently (Feb, 2010) declared by Pope Benedict XVI to officially qualify for sainthood.

[KH, 07/09/2010]

Now even more sacred, Brother Andre's heart remains in a glass jar on display. There's also a statue of the miracle healing holy man at St. Joseph's Oratory.

Saint Joseph's Oratory - Monk's Heart

It looks austere from the outside, but inside this church harbors the pickled heart of a monk. It's behind glass and inside a murky jar, but it's there. The oratory also features a wall of crutches abandoned by the miraculously healed, a garden with an oddly coke-and-porn feel, a carillon, and some off-putting sculpture. On your way out feel free to buy some holy oil or holy water.

[ms, 08/18/2008]

Brother Andre Bessette died in 1937 after years of unscientifically healing people. Known as the "Miracle Man of Montreal," his heart was cut from his body and put on display in a jar, where it remains today.


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