La Salle House
St John Baptist de La Salle
St John Baptist de La Salle was born in Rheims, France on 30 April 1651 and was ordained as a priest on 9 April 1678. He realised how urgent it was to provide a Christian education for the sons of poor people and opened the first Brothers’ community in 1680. In addition to giving primary education a radically new form, De La Salle established vocational and technical secondary schools and teacher training colleges.
De La Salle died in Rouen on 7 April 1719. He was beatified by Leo XIII on 19 February 1888, and canonised by the same Pope on 24 May 1900.
Pope Pius XII proclaimed him heavenly patron of all teachers on 15 May 1950. His relics are venerated in the Generalate Chapel in Rome. St John Baptist de La Salle is commemorated by the universal Church on 7 April. In the Institute, his feast is normally celebrated on 15 May.
At La Salle College, La Salle House is represented by the colour red.