Saint John Baptist de la Salle

An Inspiring Journey: The De La Salle Christian Brothers global outreach

The Brothers of the Christian Schools, more commonly known as De La Salle Christian Brothers, are a order that has played a vital role in shaping the lives of countless individuals around the world. Rooted in a rich history of faith, dedication, and education, the Brothers' journey began in France, where their founder, St. John Baptist de La Salle, laid the foundation for a remarkable legacy.

In the early 17th century, amid a time of social and educational challenges in France, St. John Baptist de La Salle recognized the urgent need for quality education for all, especially the poor. Born into a noble family, he made a daring decision to leave his privileged life behind and embrace a higher calling. Inspired by a deep sense of faith and compassion, De La Salle dedicated himself to serving the marginalized and providing education rooted in Christian values.

In 1679, De La Salle established a community of like-minded Brothers who shared his vision of transforming education. This community, known as the De La Salle Christian Brothers, took shape in Reims, France. They embarked on a journey that would have a profound impact on education worldwide.

At the heart of the De La Salle Christian Brothers' mission was a commitment to innovation in teaching methodologies. They believed in providing practical and accessible education, challenging the conventional norms of their time. De La Salle and his Brothers introduced numerous groundbreaking concepts, such as teaching in the local language instead of Latin, establishing teacher training programs, and implementing classroom discipline techniques that emphasized respect and empathy.

Driven by the spirit of collaboration and a desire to reach more communities, the De La Salle Christian Brothers rapidly expanded beyond France. Schools were established across Europe, including Spain, Italy, and Belgium. By the 19th century, the Brothers had established a presence in North America, with schools opening in the United States and Canada.

Over three centuries later, the De La Salle Christian Brothers continue to be at the forefront of education and social justice. Their commitment to providing quality education to those in need remains steadfast, and their reach has extended to all corners of the globe. Today, their schools and institutions continue to uphold the values of faith, service, and excellence, nurturing generations of students and empowering them to make a positive impact on society.

The founding of the De La Salle Christian Brothers in France marks the beginning of an extraordinary journey. Rooted in the teachings of St. John Baptist de La Salle, their mission to provide transformative education has endured and flourished over the centuries. From humble beginnings, the Brothers have become a force for positive change, leaving an indelible mark on countless lives. Their unwavering dedication to serving the marginalized and fostering a holistic approach to education continues to inspire, making them a beacon of hope.

Join us today in expanding the De La Salle Christian Brothers global reach by supporting La Salle College of Education, Science and Technology (LSC-EST). 

The Lasallian mission embodies the vision and innovative spirit of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, patron saint of all teachers and founder of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (De La Salle Christian Brothers). The Lasallian mission provides a human and Christian education to the young, especially the poor.

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