John Baptist de La Salle was born to a wealthy family in Rheims, France, on April 30, 1651, at the height of the power and splendor of the French monarchy. At 15, he inherited an important position at the cathedral in Rheims. He died on April 7, 1719. At about the age of 30, De La Salle took on the mission that would become his life’s work: creating free schools for poor boys so they could break free of poverty.
“Jesus wants your students to see him in you and receive your teaching as if he were teaching them,” he said.