University of St. La Salle

303rd Death Anniversary of St. John Baptist de La Salle

The Last Will of St. John Baptist De La Salle

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen, I, the undersigned, John Baptist de La Salle, being sick in a room near the Chapel of the house of Saint yon, in the faubourg of saint Sever in the city of Rouen, wishing to make a testament to conclude all the matters which still remain in my charge, I recommend to God first of all my own soul, and then all the Brothers of the Society of the Christian Schools with whom he has united me.

I urge them above all else to have entire submission of the Church, especially in these evil times and, in order to give proof of this, never to separate themselves from the Church in Rome, always remembering that I sent Brothers to Rome to ask God for the grace that their society be always submissive to it.
*On April 3, 1719, aware that death was imminent, De La Salle revised his handwritten will.

His last words on April 7, 1719, when asked whether he accepted his sufferings, were: “Yes, I adore in all things the guidance of God in my regard.” At about 4four o’clock, he made an effort to rise from bed as though to greet someone. He then joined his hands, raised his eyes to heaven and breathed his last.

(A Lasallian Companion, De La Salle Brothers PARC) 

Today, we commemorate the 303rd death anniversary of our Founder, St. John Baptist de La Salle, Patron Saint of Teachers.

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