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Saint John Baptist de La Salle - April 7

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

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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 …
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