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English Translation of De La Salle Biography Now Available  

Jean-Baptiste de La Salle: A Mystic in Action is now available for purchase. The scholarly publication is an English translation of a 2019 biography on Saint John Baptist de La Salle, founder of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. Previously printed in French and Spanish, it shines new light on De La Salle’s personality and life journey, including his historical and political contexts, major decisions and challenges, innovations, writings and impact on education. Bernard Hours, professor of modern history at the University of Lyon who specializes in religious orders of the 17th and 18th centuries, wrote the original French text, which Anna Fitzgerald translated for this English edition.  

This publication is a project of the Lasallian Publications Committee, led by Brother George Van Grieken, FSC, who also served as the main editor. Initiated in 2019, this project has included the support and collaboration of Brothers Leonard Marsh, Timothy Coldwell and William Mann, along with Cären Yang and Elizabeth Moors Jodice. Jean-Baptiste de La Salle: A Mystic in Action is a Christian Brothers Conference publication available to purchase for $44.95 through Saint Mary’s Press at International orders can be placed online or by calling the Saint Mary’s Press Care Team at 800-533-8095. Problems or questions regarding an order? Email