St. Joseph’s Oratory is a very large church built on the north side of Mount Royal. It is the largest church in Canada and one of the largest in North America. It was started in 1904 by Brother André, and was finally finished in 1967. It was built as an oratory, which means a church for singing, so it is often used for choral concerts. The sound inside is incredible.
Brother André is an important religious person in Quebec. He died in 1937, and many people pray to him to ask him to help them get better from their illnesses. He became a saint in 2010. Many people believe Brother André cured their problem. At the church, there are many crutches and canes of people who say Brother André helped them to get better. In front of the church, there is a long wooden stairway. It is not for walking on. It is for people who want to climb to the church on their knees.