A Saint this week
Saint John Baptist de la Salle (1651-1719)
Saint John Baptist de la Salle was born at Rheims. He opened free schools for poor children and introduced new teaching methods, earning him the title 'Father of Modern Pedagogy'. He founded the Brothers of the Christian Schools (De La Salle Brothers), which made a great contribution to popular education. He was declared patron of schoolteachers in 1950.
His memorial is celebrated on 7th April.