Who are the De La Salle Christian Brothers?

The De La Salle Christian Brothers are the largest group of religious laymen in the Catholic Church dedicated exclusively to the ministry of education. The Brothers dedicate their lives to God, to the Gospel and to the ministry of education in the Catholic Church, particularly to the poor and disadvantaged. A Brother’s active teaching life is the source for his prayer and spiritual development. The Founder of the Brothers was St. John Baptist de La Salle (1651–1719), who in 1950 was declared the Patron Saint of All Teachers of Youth in the Catholic Church.

For more than 300 years, the Christian Brothers have taught by De La Salle’s principles. Today, there are 5,000 Brothers who teach more than 900,000 students in 77 countries. The Brothers at St. John’s have been mentoring and teaching young men and women for more than 160 years. Teaching alongside the lay faculty today, the Brothers’ tradition will live on forever.

Rule of the Brothers

The purpose of this Institute is to provide a human and Christian education to the young, especially the poor, according to the ministry which the Church has entrusted to it.

What is a Catholic education in the Lasallian tradition?

Lasallian schools are centered on and attentive to the needs of young people. A Lasallian education strives to enrich each student’s cultural, intellectual, physical, social and spiritual development by centering on Catholic values and personal relationships. It emphasizes academic excellence, faith formation, inclusion, service, respect for the individual and social justice. In Lasallian communities, faculty and staff educate minds, touch hearts and cultivate leadership to prepare students for life, work and service to society and the Church.

Vocation Information

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  • The Christian Brothers

    This program is designed to help a young man (ages 18-35) discern if Christ is calling him to serve the Church as a Christian Brother. The program has three components: retreats, spiritual mentoring and summer ministry. If you would like more information, please contact Br. James Dries, FSC, at dries@fscdena.org or Br. Leonard Rhoades, FSC, at rhoades@fscdena.org.
  • Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

    The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) Congregation offers a variety of ways to get to know them, including events, evenings of prayer, retreats and service trips. For more information, please contact Ruth Harkins, IHM, at harkinr@sistersofihm.org.
  • Sisters of Mercy of the Americas

    Becoming a Sister of Mercy starts with simple inquiry and ends with perpetual vows.  This process spans many years of discerment and learning how to live the life of a Sister of Mercy. For more information, please contact Sisters of Mercy of the Americas: 

    8380 Colesville Road, Suite 300
    Silver Spring, MD  20910