Jean-Baptiste DE LA SALLE

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Bishop, cardinal

FrenchBorn Jean-Baptiste DE LA SALLE

French priest, educational reformer, and founder of Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools

Born on April 30, 1651 in Reims, France , France

Died on April 07, 1719 in Rouen, France

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Born in Reims, France, Jean-Baptiste de La Salle received the tonsure at age eleven and was named canon of Rheims Cathedral when he was fifteen. Though he had to assume the administration of family affairs after his parents died, he completed his theological studies and was ordained to the priesthood at the age of 26 on April 9, 1678. Two years later he received a Doctorate in Theology.

De La Salle became involved in education little by little, without ever consciously setting out to do so. In 1679, what began as a charitable effort to help Adrian Nyel establish a school for the poor in De La Salle's home town gradually became his life's work. He thereby began a new religious institute, the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, also known as the De La Salle Brothers (in the U.K., Ireland, Malta, Australasia, and Asia) or, most commonly in the United States, the Christian Brothers. (They are sometimes confused with a different congregation of the same name founded by Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice in Ireland, who are known in the U.S. as the Irish Christian Brothers.)


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