John Baptist De La Salle: Patron of Teachers
At a time when St Vincent de Paul and others were changing the face of France, John Baptist renounced career and wealth to dedicate his life to educating the young. His achievements were great and lasting and have influenced educational practice and theory for over three centuries. Above all his spirituality and method reveal an enlightened educator ahead of his time. John Baptist often faced failure, opposition, difficulties and ever persecution through all of which his great love for Christ carried him – as did his great respect and love for children and their inalienable right to education and true freedom.