known as Father of Modern Education
Memorial 7 April formerly
Profile Attended the seminary in Paris, but
quit to care for his brothers and sisters upon the death of their parents. When
they were grown, he returned to school. Canon of Rheims in 1667. Ordained in 1678.
Doctor of theology in 1680. Spiritual director of the Sisters of the Holy Infant
who were devoted to teaching poor girls. Founded the Institute of the Brothers
of the Christian Schools (Christian Brothers) in 1681, established and supported
academic education for all boys. He liquidated his personal fortune, and his Brothers
expected him to use it to further his education goals, but he surprised them by
saying they would have to depend on Providence. The money (about $400,000) was
given away to the poor in the form of bread during the great famine of 1683-1684.
Saint John kept enough to endow a salary for himself similar to that which the
Brothers received so he wouldn't be a burden on them. Instituted the process of
dividing students into grades. Established the first teacher's school. Started
high schools and trade schools.
Proclaimed the patron of
all teachers of all youth by Pope Pius XII in 1950.
1651 at Rheims, France
Died 1719 at Rouen, France
Meaning God is gracious; gift of God
Beatified 19 February
Canonized 24 May 1900 by Pope Leo XIII
educators ,school principals ,teachers
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