Clicks7

Saint John Baptist de La Salle - April 7

Irapuato
1
Also known as Father of Modern Education Memorial 7 April 15 May on some calendars Profile Studied for the priesthood in Paris, France, but quit to care for his brothers and sisters upon the …More
Also known as
Father of Modern Education
Memorial
7 April
15 May on some calendars

Profile
Studied for the priesthood in Paris, France, but quit to care for his brothers and sisters upon the death of his parents. When his siblings were grown, John returned to seminary. Canon of Rheims, France in 1667. Ordained in 1678. Doctor of theology in 1680.
Spiritual director of the Sisters of the Holy Infant who were devoted to teaching poor girls. Founded the Brothers of the Christian Schools (Christian Brothers or La Salle Brothers) in 1681, established and supported academic education for all boys. He liquidated his personal fortune, and his Brothers expected him to use it to further his education goals, but he surprised them by saying they would have to depend on Providence. The money (about $400,000) was given away to the poor in the form of bread during the great famine of 1683–1684. Saint John kept enough to endow a salary for himself similar to that which the Brothers received so he wouldn’t be a burden on them.
He instituted the process of dividing students into grades; established the first teacher‘s school, started high schools and trade schools, and was proclaimed the patron of all teachers of all youth by Pope Pius XII in 1950.
Born
30 April 1651 at Rheims, France
Died
7 April 1719 at Saint-Yon, Rouen, France of natural causes
buried in Rouen
re-interred Lembecq-lez-Hal, Belgium in 1906
re-interred in the chapel at the Christian Brothers Curia in Rome, Italy on 25 January 1937
Beatified
19 February 1888 by Pope Leo XIII
Canonized
24 May 1900 by Pope Leo XIII
Patronage
educators
school principals
teachers (proclaimed on 15 May 1950 by Pope Pius XII)
Brothers of the Christian Schools