Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal

Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal

June 11, 2009 11:48 ET

Summertime on Mount-Royal: Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal Presents its Summer Schedule

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 11, 2009) - Nature, music and history blend together this summer at Saint Joseph's Oratory. A world-renowned pilgrimage site, the Oratory invites Montrealers and visitors from all over to discover the numerous facets of its breathtaking site and rich heritage.

A brand new exhibit

With the theme Brother Andre's Faith Journey, a new themed exhibit begins on June 24 at the Oratory museum. The deep spiritual richness of the Oratory's founder will be highlighted through works of art, statues, artifacts, and other unique pieces, such as a Way of the Cross created by sculptor Joseph Guardo in 1946 and the Golden Rose given to the Oratory by Pope John Paul II during the sanctuary's centennial. The exhibit room dedicated to Brother Andre also offers visitors a closer look at Quebec's history.

"Brother Andre's Open Doors" in August

On Sunday August 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd, Brother Andre's Open Doors will provide a unique opportunity as visitors will be offered free tours, on Sunday between 12:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., to learn more about the extraordinary man that was Brother Andre. "We're seeing new generations of people visiting the Oratory with their parents, and even their grand parents", says Father Jean-Guy Vincent, CSC, Vice-Rector for Pastoral Services. "Through these tours, visitors can discover a simple, confident and determined man who is still a very important part of our history."

A summer filled with music

Special carillon recitals will be held on Sundays at 2:30 p.m. between from July 5 to August 16, at the Pilgrims' Pavilion. During the week, regular recitals are held at 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, as well as at 12:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. With its 56 bells, the Oratory's carillon is a unique instrument that offers music-lovers a truly exceptional experience. What's more, on Sundays at 3:30 p.m., they will get to hear various renowned organists at the keyboards of the Basilica's majestic Beckerath organ.

A hidden treasure reveals its true colours

Offering one of Montreal's most breathtaking vistas, the Oratory allows visitors to combine relaxation, contemplation and nature throughout summer. Many tours of the Oratory's magnificent gardens, each lasting 30 to 90 minutes and hosted by a guide, are available upon reservation at the Visitors and Pilgrimage Office Bureau. The gardens are open from May to October, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

A lively and varied liturgical life

Montreal's Anglophone community will be thrilled to learn that more masses will be offered in English this summer: everyday at 12:15 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. (from June 23 to September 3) and on Sundays at 11:15 a.m. in the Crypt. Six masses will be offered every day in French, seven on Sundays.

On August 30th, a tradition continues as a pilgrimage to Mont-Saint-Gregoire, Brother Andre's native town, will be offered. Bus transportation will be available leaving from the Oratory. Those wishing to sign up and enjoy all services offered can visit the Visitors and Pilgrimage Office between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

A world-renowned visitor and pilgrimage destination, Saint Joseph's Oratory opens its doors to people of all creeds seeking a place to pursue their personal contemplation and spiritual journey. "We host people of diverse nationalities and creeds at the Oratory", explains Claude Grou, CSC, Rector of Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount-Royal. "Welcoming visitors is a vital part of the Oratory's mission. It is important to us that people know our doors are open to all."

Contact Information

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    514-733-8211, ext. 3151
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