Pictorial Lives of the Saints – Saint John Baptist de La Salle, Confessor

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

The great saint, whose feast is celebrated on May 15, was born at Rheims, France, on the 30th of April, 1651. His parents were very careful about his early training, and insisted that their son should receive a thorough education in which the moral side of it would command the utmost attention. Perceiving that his vocation was to serve God in the Church, the young man prepared himself accordingly, and was ordained to the holy priesthood on the 9th of April, 1678. His life as a priest of God was holy and exemplary in every particular duty that his vocation imposed upon him. His great work in this world was the establishment of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools for the purpose of giving a Christian education to the youth of the land, and uniting the members of the community under a religious rule, the observance of which would make them true followers of Christ. Like other religious communities established by saintly men for the greater honor and glory of God in the world, this particular one has been blessed by God in a special manner, so that in our time the Brothers of this community are thousands in number and the multitude of young men they have prepared for their life’s work are an honor to their country, their Church, and their Creator. As the life of Saint John Baptist de la Salle was about to close, he invoked the blessing of God on his community and said in regard to himself: “In all things I adore the will of God.” He died on Good Friday morning, April 7, 1719, and was canonized by Pope Leo XIII, May 24, 1900.

MLA Citation

  • John Dawson Gilmary Shea. “Saint John Baptist de La Salle, Confessor”. Pictorial Lives of the Saints, 1922. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 December 2018. Web. 16 May 2021. <>