The Brothers

De La Salle Christian Brothers

The Brothers of the Christian Schools (De La Salle Christian Brothers) are the largest group of lay religious men in the Catholic Church dedicated exclusively to the ministry of education. As Brothers (not priests), their mission is to provide a human and Christian education to the young, especially the poor.

Together in community, the Brothers live out the Gospel and Lasallian charism as elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers, university professors, counselors, missionaries, social workers, youth ministers, campus ministers, administrators, and retreat directors.

The Brothers approach their educational work as more than a job or a profession; it is the essence of their calling to “touch the hearts” of the young entrusted to their care and to “inspire them with the Christian spirit.”

Living and Serving Alongside the Brothers

Lasallian Volunteers live in community with Brothers and/or serve in ministry with Brothers. Volunteers benefit from the friendship and mentorship of these men and their years of experience in educational ministry and spiritual practice.

“The De La Salle Christian Brothers hold such a special place in my heart- their presence created the foundation of the Lasallian charism within our community life, demonstrating what it means to support and love each other through struggles in order to grow together into our best selves, in service to those around us.” – Katie Delaney, LV 12-14

“Living and working with Brothers showed me how important consistency is, I saw that the way the Brothers treated their students and clients was the same way they treated their colleagues and community members, rooted in extreme love for the person and a desire to help us each realize our potential.” – Samantha Almanza, LV 09-11

“Living with the Brothers for two years gave me a new insight on what it means to live in community with others and how important a community is to the growth of an individual.” – Molly Allen, LV 13-15

The Lasallian Family

Begun in 1680 by St. John Baptist de La Salle to serve the needs of the children of the poor and marginalized of France, the Brothers grew in numbers and now, aided by thousands of Lasallian partners, carry the vision of their Founder to hundreds of education-related works in over 80 countries throughout the world. This world-wide community of Brothers, numbering about 3,500 today, is headquartered in Rome, Italy. The Lasallian Region of North America is “home” to more than 600 Brothers who serve in four Districts.

These Brothers serve in 30 states in the United StatesTorontoQuebec, and in the international Missions of Africa and the University of Bethlehem in the Middle East. They are assisted by more than 5,000 partners in 121 institutions where they work with nearly 80,000 students.

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