April 7 - Saint John Baptist de La Salle

Quick Facts
  • Attended the seminary in Paris, but quit to care for his brothers and sisters upon the death of their parents.
  • When they were grown, he returned to school.Canon of Rheims 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 Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (Christian 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.
  • Instituted the process of dividing students into grades.
  • Established the first teacher's school.
  • Started high schools and trade schools.
  • Proclaimed the patron of all teachers of all youth by Pope Pius XII in 1950.