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Saint John Baptist De La Salle

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Saint John Baptist de la Salle - DVD

Available October 2010

The inspiring story of a 17th century French priest who reluctantly became involved in educating poor children and in the process became the Founder of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, an order known today as the De La Salle Christian Brothers. Actor Mel Ferrer gives a heartfelt performance as St. John Baptist de La Salle, a priest from a wealthy upper-class family who gave up everything to serve the needs of educating poor children, facing tremendous opposition along the way.

Today there are some 70,000 Lasallian educators, with about 900 of their educational institutions, including 64 colleges and universities, who join over 5,000 Christian Brothers in providing a Catholic education for a million students. His story is one of God's Providence, of great charity and perseverance, and of a genuine application of the Gospel to daily life in the classroom. His writings have become educational classics, and his meditations continue to inspire Catholic educators around the world to "see Christ beneath the rags of those confided to your care." Includes a 16 page Collector's Booklet.

This DVD contains the following language tracks: English with English or Spanish subtitles

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This item received 5 stars overall. St. John Baptist de la Salle: His Life Comes Alive!

The recently re-issued movie, Saint John Baptist De La Salle: Patron Saint of Teachers, is a marvelous movie to watch for Family Movie Night.  Starring Mel Ferrer as De La Salle and Fernando Rey as one of his young recruits, the movie is a wonderful overview of De La Salle's life from being named canon at the Cathedral in Rheims at the age of 28 to establishing the Brothers of Christian Schools at 41 and then dying at the age of 68, having established Christian Brother schools throughout France.
De La Salle was from a wealthy French family, orphaned in the midst of attending seminary.  As the eldest, De La Salle was made executor of his father's estate and guardian of his younger brothers and sisters.  The movie opens with him and his family in their lavish home and a layman asking him to help set up a school for the poor in R Full Review...


St. John Baptist de la Salle

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 04/07

Patron Of: Teachers, Educators, School Principals

Also known as
    Father of Modern Education

    7 April
    formerly 15 May

    Attended the seminary in Paris, but quit to care for his brothers and sisters upon the death of their parents. When they were grown, he returned to school. Canon of Rheims in 1667. Ordained in 1678. Doctor of theology in 1680.

    Spiritual director of the Sisters of the Holy Infant who were devoted to teaching poor girls. Founded the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (Christian Brothers) in 1681, established and supported academic education for all boys. He liquidated his personal fortune, and his Brothers expected him to use it to further his education goals, but he surprised them by saying they would have to depend on Providence. The money (about $400,000) was given away to the poor in the form of bread during the great famine of 1683-1684. Saint John kept enough to endow a salary for himself similar to that which the Brothers received so he wouldn't be a burden on them.

    Instituted the process of dividing students into grades. Established the first teacher's school. Started high schools and trade schools. Proclaimed the patron of all teachers of all youth by Pope Pius XII in 1950.

    1651 at Rheims, France

    1719 at Rouen, France

Name Meaning
    God is gracious; gift of God

    19 February 1888

    24 May 1900 by Pope Leo XIII

    school principals

All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

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