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New books tell the story of a local saint

Br. André for children


(l. to r.): Fr. Yves Garneau, Françoise Deroy-Pineau and Robert Julien gather Aug. 8 for the launch of their books on Br. André at St. Joseph's Oratory. (Photo: DUMAS)Author and social historian Françoise Deroy-Pineau has written the biography of Br. André for children, aged 8 to 13. Brother André, the Saint of Saint Josephʼs Oratory is illustrated by Robert Julien and published by Médiaspaul. It is available in English and in French. Her French language biography of Br. André, titled Frère André, un saint parmi nous, was recently reissued by Fides.

Br. André's wisdom and prayers Novena to Brother André was written by Fr. Jean-Yves Garneau in the classic format of this popular expression of faith, which was particularly favoured by Brother André. Available in English, the booklet offers a simple and yet powerful tool for intense spiritual preparation for the celebration of Br. André's canonization Oct. 17.

Fides has also published a collection of Br. André's words of wisdom and counsel as recounted by his friends. Frère André disait souvent... was edited by Pierre Robert, the former director of the Saint Josephʼs Oratory Research and Documentation Centre.

Prier avec frère André, a collection of 30 original prayers by Sylvain Lupien, is slated for publication in October. A new biography of Br. André by Jacques Gauthier, a well-known author and the host of Le Jour du Seigneur, will be available this fall as well.

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