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അനുദിന വിശുദ്ധർ (Saint of the Day) April 7th – St. John Baptist de la salle & St. Herman Joseph

അനുദിന വിശുദ്ധർ (Saint of the Day) April 7th – St. John Baptist de la salle & St. Herman Joseph

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അനുദിന വിശുദ്ധർ (Saint of the Day) April 7th – St. John Baptist de la salle & St. Herman Joseph

St. John Baptist de la salle
John Baptist de la Salle was born at Rheims, France on April 30th. He was the eldest of ten children in a noble family. He studied in Paris and was ordained in 1678. He was known for his work with the poor. He died at St. Yon, Rouen, on April 7th. He was canonized by Pope Leo XIII in 1900. John was very involved in education. He founded the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (approved in 1725) and established teacher colleges (Rheims in 1687, Paris in 1699, and Saint-Denis in 1709). He was one of the first to emphasize classroom teaching over individual instruction. He also began teaching in the vernacular instead of in Latin. His schools were formed all over Italy. In 1705, he established a reform school for boys at Dijon. John was named patron of teachers by Pope Pius XII in 1950. His feast day is April 7th.


St. Herman Joseph
German Praemonstratensian and mystic. Born in Cologne, he demonstrated at an early age a tendency toward mystical experiences, episodes which made him well known and deeply respected through much of Germany. He subsequently entered the Praemonstratensians at Steinfeld, Germany, where he was ordained. Herman experienced visions of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, and authored a number of mystical writings. Long considered a saint, he was given an equivalent canonization by Pope Pius XII in 1958.

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