Brothers of the Christian Schools

Brothers of the Christian Schools, is a religious congregation that was founded in Reims, France, by Saint Jean-Baptiste de la Salle for the "Christian education of children." The first schools were founded in France in 1680 and as the movement grew, de la Salle expanded the basic schooling to include training colleges for teachers, reform schools, technical schools, and secondary schools. In 1837, Brother Aidant and three other brothers left France and came to Montréal and established the first Brothers of the Christian Schools in North America. By 1851 the Brothers had founded a grammar school in Toronto and the movement gradually spread throughout Canada and the US. The Brothers of the Christian Schools established an excellent reputation for the quality of their teaching and the respect and support they provided to the poor and disadvantaged.

The Brothers of the Christian Schools, also known as the De La Salle Christian Brothers, take religious vows of poverty, chastity, obedience and service to the poor, however they do not take Holy Orders (ordination). Most of the brothers in Canada are concentrated in Québec. In 2009 several US districts were consolidated and the District of Eastern North America (DENA) was created which includes the Ontario congregations.

Brother MARIE-VICTORIN, the famous Canadian botanist, was a member of this congregation. The feast of St. John Baptist de La Salle is celebrated annually on May 15 to commemorate the history and the work of the Lasallian movement.