New Catholic Dictionary – 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

Confessor, founder of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, father of modern pedagogy, born Rheims, France, 1651; died Rouen, France, 1719. After completing his education, he decided to serve the Church, was installed as a canon of the metropolitan See of Rheims, 1667, ordained priest, 1678, and in 1680 took his doctorate in theology. He was occupied with the direction of the Sisters of the Holy Infant, an order devoted to the instruction of poor girls, and began in 1681 the organization of Brothers, and guided it through the vicissitudes which naturally befall a newly-founded society. The first novitiate was founded, 1691, at Vaugirard; in 1705 it was moved to Saint-Yon, Rouen; there he revised the rule he had drawn up in 1695. Canonized, 1900. Feast, Roman Calendar, 15 May.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint John Baptist de La Salle”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 7 October 2012. Web. 27 January 2022. <>