Book of Saints – Joseph Calasanctius

detail of a bas-relief of San José de Calasanz; date and artist unknown; school of Gascón y Marín, Zaragoza, Spain; photographed on 27 December 2009 by Ecelan; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

(Saint) (November 27) (17th century) A Spanish Saint, a talented scholar and the Apostle of Christian Education. From his very childhood it was a passion with him to help on his companions in their Catechism and other lessons. Ordained priest, he was busied with pastoral work, until in a vision he learned that he was to go to Rome and there find the task God imposed upon him. This was to found the Order of Clerks of the Mother of God of the Christian Schools (Scuole Pie, whence the name Scolopii). For twenty years he devoted himself to this work, which has lasted to our own days. Many and great were his sufferings from ill-health and from the persecution of ill-wishers. His life of sacrifice was crowned by a holy death (A.D. 1648), he being then ninety-two years old.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Joseph Calasanctius”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 September 2016. Web. 20 September 2019. <>