St. John Baptist de la Salle 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.
As the life of St. 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.
Illustration and text from Pictorial Lives of the Saints With Reflections for Every Day in the Year (New York: Benziger Bros., 1922).