Roland-Gauthier Centre of Archives and Documentation
Monday to Friday, from 9 am to noon and from 1 to 4:30 pm, by appointment only.
All researchers are required to make an appointment. Unfortunately, there is no access for persons with limited mobility.
Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal (JSO) is an internationally renowned centre for pilgrimage. It has a mission to welcome pilgrims and to accompany them on their journey. It is a place of Christian faith according to the Church’s diverse expressions of prayer, which emphasize devotion to Saint Joseph. It offers a space of silence, prayer, and peace encouraging openness to the mystery of God. Founded in 1904 by Brother André, Congregation of the Holy Cross, it is administered by the Canadian province of the Congregation of the Holy Cross.
DESCRIPTION OF FONDS AND COLLECTIONS The Roland-Gauthier Centre of Archives and Documentation conserves documents related to the religious, cultural, and social activities of Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal, of its founder Brother André, its development, and its religious and secular personnel. It also conserves the private fonds of individuals and companies who maintain a special link with the sanctuary.
The institutional fonds bring together the inactive records related to some of the Oratory’s different activities. There one finds written correspondence, reports, minutes and other documents from meetings, photographs and posters and video and sound recordings. The private fonds touch upon, among other subjects, Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal and the bell ringer Claude Aubin.
- Collection of rare religious books (published before 1800) including approximately 977 titles
- Philatelic collection concerning saint Joseph
Time span included in the archives: 1730-today
Technical specifications and maps: approx. 3,477
Iconographic documents: 12,000
Text documents: 333 m.l.
Number of fonds: 7
MANDATE AND MISSION
The Roland-Gauthier Centre of Archives and Documentation (CADRG) brings to life a passion for religious history and heritage by gathering, conserving, classifying and making available documents concerning Saint Joseph, Brother André, the life of the Oratory, and several relevant pastoral and theological themes. It ensures the promotion of the Oratory’s history, that of Brother André, and that of Saint Joseph while offering a special space for research and study and ensuring the protection of archival heritage and the sanctuary’s institutional memory.