The Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal, founded by Saint Brother André, is a Catholic shrine dedicated to Saint Joseph. It is a place of expression of faith, prayer, healing and peace, the Oratory welcomes pilgrims and visitors from across the world in a spirit of openness and compassion. It has become one of Montreal’s primary places to visit and it reflects the centuries long Catholic heritage of Quebec’s Francophone majority inhabitants, as does the famous cross at the top of Mount Royal.
The Saint Joseph’s Oratory is Canada’s largest church and claims to have amongst the largest domes in the world. In 2004, the Oratory was designated a National Historic Site of Canada on the occasion of its 100th anniversary.