John Baptist de La Salle (1651 - 1719)
Patron Saint of Teachers
John Baptist de La Salle was born into a wealthy French family just after a time of war and at the same time as the country's greatest king, Louis XIV. While there was peace and prosperity for the rich, most of the people were quite poor with little possibility of ever escaping their poverty. Their struggle to survive also meant they had little opportunity to develop a healthy spiritual life.
De La Salle was set for a glittering career because he had the highest university honours, was from an influential family and was likely to reach a high status in the church. However, walking from his home to the cathedral each day, he saw the poor, especially the children who had no hope of anything better. He became involved in parish schools where everyone could receive an education.
He grouped students into classes depending on their level of education, he trained teachers and he had the students learn good manners and do practical subjects in their own language so they could get worthwhile jobs. He especially had them learn about their faith and got them to pray regularly each day so they could find meaning in their lives by remembering that they were always in the holy presence of God.
His brothers, of whom there were about 100 when he died in 1719, grew to 15,000 by 1900. They came to the Peninsula in 1955, opening De La Salle College.
Despite a drop in the number of brothers over the years, the Lasallian foundation of fellow workers today numbers over 73,000 people who teach or look after about a million young people. The spirit of De La Salle guides SCCC today making us part of the world wide Lasallian family.
"Do not have any anxiety about the future. Leave everything in God's hands for he will take care of you."
St John Baptist de La Salle.
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