Book of Saints – John Baptist de La Salle

detail of the official portrait of Saint John Baptist de La Salle; Pierre Leger, date unknown; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

(Saint) (May 15) (18th century) A French priest, Founder of the Society of the Christian Brothers, and raised up by Almighty God to be an Apostle of the Christian Education of Youth. Born (A.D. 1651) at Reims, of noble parents, and having taken Holy Orders at the completion of his studies, he felt inspired by God to renounce the canonry to which he had been appointed, and to sell all that he possessed for the benefit of the poor. He to the end of his days led a life of austere penance, sacrificing himself utterly to the service of his neighbour. With patience he overcame the many obstacles which stood in the way of the establishment of his Institute, which was formally approved by the Holy See a few years after his holy death (A.D. 1719).

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “John Baptist de La Salle”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 August 2018. Web. 14 December 2018. <>