Who are the de La Salle Brothers?

The de La Salle Brothers are ordinary men leading extraordinary lives. They venture wherever the need is greatest to provide education, guidance and inspiration to youth in need. They’re committed to helping young people, especially the marginalised, regardless of their religion or race. Often their de La Salle mission takes them to inhospitable areas, where even the local government cannot persuade teachers and administrators to go. There, the Brothers strive to give disadvantaged youth hope and a positive vision for the future.

The Brothers of the Christian Schools is a religious congregation of men founded by St. John Baptist de La Salle, patron saint of teachers. Brothers are committed to providing a human and Christian education to the young, especially the poor. A De La Salle Christian Brother has answered a call to a vocation of faith, service and community with the intent of touching the hearts of young people entrusted to their care. Our vocation offers purpose, personal fulfillment, professional diversity and community life in a religious context.

What is their mission?

The purpose of the de La Salle Brothers is to meet the educational and welfare needs of young people, especially the poor. The Brothers live their Catholic faith through the values of love, compassion, justice and belief in the human dignity of each person.

Where are the Brothers?

When the Brothers first began, more than 300 years ago, they were mostly teachers based in schools. Today there are over 5,000 Brothers working in 80 countries throughout the world, in innovative roles that extend far beyond the classroom. In the Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea (ANZPNG) District, the Brothers’ work stretches from the coast of Papua New Guinea to¬†indigenous communities in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. They perform a diverse range of roles in schools, welfare, employment agencies, universities, prisons, education offices and government departments.