About Saint Joseph’s Oratory
In 1904, Brother André (known to many as the miracle worker of Mount Royal) built a small chapel on Mount Royal in honour of Saint Joseph. It was his intention to build a small place of worship and prayer to Saint Joseph. However, as word spread of his miraculous way of healing people, pilgrims from around the world flocked to him. Eventually there became a need to build a larger place of worship, and in 1917 a church known as the crypt (which seats 1,000) was built nearby. Construction on the basilica (which could house 10,000 visitors) began 6 years later in 1924, and it was completed only 5 decades ago in 1967.
Saint Joseph’s Oratory boasts a ninety-seven metre dome that makes it the second largest of its kind after Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
Today, at least two million people visit the Oratory every year. Built on Mount-Royal, the Oratory’s 97m dome (second largest to Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome), can be seen from the west, north and southern approaches to downtown Montreal.
Address: 3800 Chemin Queen Mary, Montreal, Quebec,H3V 1H6
Telephone: (514) 733-8211
Closest metro: Côtes-des-Neiges
Nearby attractions: Université de Montréal, Mount-Royal, Montreal Holocaust Memorial Museum
Hours of operation
Crypt and Votive open daily from 6am to 9:30pm
Oratory museum open daily from 10am to 4:30pm
Basilica and Brother André Exhibit open daily May 2 to October 31 from 7am to 9pm & November 1st to May 1st from 7am to 5:30pm
Chapel of Brother André open daily May 3 to October 31 7:30am to 8:30pm & November 1st to May 2 from 7:30am to 4:30pm
Free. If traveling by car, a contribution of $5 is requested. On Sundays parking is free.
Notes from a local
- The official website of the Saint Joseph’s Oratory is http://ww.saint-joseph.org
- One million people filed by his coffin when Brother André died in 1937.
- Crutches and canes of those who believe to have been healed by praying to Saint Joseph at the Oratory, line the entrance.
- Snowdon metro is located on the same street as the Oratory, but is a longer uphill trek than the Côtes-des-Neiges metro stop.