Book of Saints – Saint 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

April 7

John La Salle was born in Rheims, France, in 1651. At the age of 11 he began to prepare for the Holy Priesthood and was ordained at 27. He was admired for his great devotion to the Blessed Sacrament.

John was asked to help in two schools in which the teachers were trying to educate their pupils free of charge. He directed the teachers for four years, and then decided to spend his life with them.

John gave away the large fortune his parents had left him. He and the young men then took vows to labor as teachers all their lives, and this was the beginning of the Congregation of the Christian Brothers.

John started a grade and high school and a school where the boys could learn a trade. He also started a school for teachers.

Saint John died at Rouen in 1719 and was canonized in 1900. In 1950 Pope Pius XII named him patron of school teachers. He is often called the “father of modern education.”

MLA Citation

  • Father Lawrence George Lovasik, S.V.D.. “Saint John Baptist De La Salle”. Book of Saints. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 January 2019. Web. 23 January 2019. <>