St. John Baptist De La Salle was born in Rheims, France, on April 30, 1651. In De La Salle's earlier years, he was fascinated with the stories of the life of saints. His grandmother was the one who would tell him the stories of these saints.
De La Salle studied in the Semianry of St. Sulpice. This is where he met friends and teachers that further influenced his passion to establish schools.
De La Salle, as the eldest in his family, left St. Sulpice to assume administration in his family after his parents died. Though, he was still able to finish his theological studies and was ordained a prist on April 9, 1678.
Oui, j’adore en toutes choses la conduite de Dieu à mon égard.
De La Salle became tentatively involved with a group of barely literate young men. A chance encounter with Adrien Nyel led to De La Salle's establishment of schools for poor boys in France. He was determined to put his own talents and education in service of these young children,
De La Salle, together with Nicholas Vuyart and Gabriel Drolin, professed what is now known as the Heroic Vows. These were a promise to remain together in the society even if they would have to beg and live on bread alone.
De La Salle died in Rouen, France on April 7, 1719. His last words were “Yes, I adore God guiding me in all the events of my life”. It is at this point that he had abanded everything, acknowledging and surrendering himself to God.