- 1 The Teacher’s Saint: John Baptist de La Salle, Patron Saint of Teachers
- 2 Description
- 3 A Litany of Saints for Teachers (+ Free Printable)
- 4 Litany of Saints for Teachers
- 4.1 Saint Cassian of Imola
- 4.2 Blessed Leonella Sgorbati
- 4.3 Saint Agatha Lin
- 4.4 Saint Albert the Great
- 4.5 Saint Francis de Sales
- 4.6 Saint John Cantius
- 4.7 Saint Aloysius Gonzaga
- 4.8 Saint Joseph Calasanz
- 4.9 Saint John Baptiste de la Salle
- 4.10 Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara
- 4.11 Saint John Bosco
- 4.12 Saint John Henry Newman
- 4.13 Saint Miguel Febres Cordero
- 4.14 Blessed Jutta of Disibodenberg
- 4.15 Saint Angela Merici
- 4.16 Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
- 4.17 Saint Mary Helen MacKillop
- 4.18 Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini
- 4.19 Saint Katharine Drexel
- 4.20 Blessed Contardo Ferrini
- 5 Let’s Join Them
- 6 Do You Know These 6 Patron Saints Of Catholic Education?
- 7 Saint Jean-Baptist de La Salle, patron of all educators I La Salle Campus Barcelona
- 8 The Story Behind the Patron Saint of Teachers (Jean-Baptiste de La Salle)
- 9 Prayer for the Teacher
- 10 Is There a Patron Saint of Teachers?
The Teacher’s Saint: John Baptist de La Salle, Patron Saint of Teachers
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The following is written by Brother George Van Grieken, FSC: The Catholic Church designated Saint John Baptist de La Salle as the Patron Saint of All Teachers of Youth on May 15, 1950, and he has served as such ever since. The tale of his life, his works, and his live spirit have all left a mark on the hearts of instructors all across the world, and this is no exception. Here is someone who is well worth getting to know, especially if you are active in the ministry of education in any capacity.
As a result of his thoughts and example, as well as his faith-filled viewpoint, educators all around the world are reminded of why they got engaged with teaching in the first place.
- And the tale of his life is told in this small book.
- Number of pages: 110 Those interested in purchasing this book can contact Saint Mary’s Press.
- French translations of The Teacher’s Saint are available as well.
- On the Saint Mary’s Press website, you may read about Saint Enseignant: Jean-Baptiste de la Salle, Saint Patron of Educators, and other saints.
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A Litany of Saints for Teachers (+ Free Printable)
A teacher’s profession is filled with the crucial mission of assisting thousands of individuals in the development of their God-given talents, which they will (ideally) use to enhance society and build up the Kingdom of God. The fact that the work itself is far from straightforward should come as no surprise. Despite long school vacation breaks, the ongoing physical, mental, and emotional energy required by the occupation does not always compensate for the time away from school.
Litany of Saints for Teachers
We believe that divine grace is essential for teachers, which is why we have produced a Litany of Saints for Teachers. While it is true that there are a plethora of Saints whose patronage would be beneficial to educators (Saint Drogo, for example, is the patron Saint of coffee), the Saints listed in this litany are all men and women who have experienced firsthand the difficulties that accompany the profession and have managed to persevere in virtue and grace despite these difficulties.
Saint Cassian of Imola
After refusing to pay respect to the gods of Rome in the 4th century, it was revealed that Cassian, an Italian bishop and teacher, was actually a Christian. His disciples were chosen to carry out the act after he was sentenced to death by the Roman authorities. Cassian’s students took advantage of the chance to exact vengeance for all of the times their instructor had reprimanded them in class by tying him to a stake and stabbing him with iron styli (the writing utensils they used for their school work).
We may seek Cassian’s assistance in dealing with tough kids in our own classes because he was clearly experienced in dealing with pupils who were hostile to him.
Blessed Leonella Sgorbati
Leonella was an Italian lady of the twenty-first century who worked as a religious sister in Kenya and Somalia for more than three decades, assisting the impoverished. Having trained as a nurse herself, Leonella went on to tutor local men and women in the profession, eventually founding and maintaining a Nursing School with the assistance of her religious order. Leonella inspired her pupils to make positive changes in their own lives and to give back to their communities. She was tragically assassinated by an Islamic terrorist in 2006, and she was later canonized as a martyr by the Catholic Church.
Saint Agatha Lin
Agatha was a Chinese woman who lived in the nineteenth century and dedicated her entire life to evangelizing in a nation when doing so was severely unlawful. Agatha was raised by Christian parents, but she actually acquired her education from consecrated virgins. She worked hard and finally achieved her goal of becoming a teacher (as well as a consecrated virgin). In the beginning, she worked as a teacher at the house of formation for the consecrated virgins, but after much prayer and contemplation, she decided to leave her home and relocate to a village in the Langdai area, which was mainly populated by the Miao tribe (an ethnic minority).
Within two years, Agatha’s whole student body had converted.
We may never have to deal with the physical risks she encountered while teaching, but we may ask her to intervene on our behalf when we are endangered by other forces beyond of our control (such as upset students and their parents).
Saint Albert the Great
Known as Albert by his students, he was a Dominican friar who lived during the 13th century. Albert was one of those “once in a lifetime” professors who had a profound influence on all of the students he taught. He created deep ties with each of his pupils, pushing them to look at situations from a variety of perspectives in order to become masters of the subjects that they studied under his supervision. Thomas Aquinas was Albert’s most renowned student; Albert’s technique of approaching difficulties can be seen in his student’s writings, particularly the Summa Theologica, which is considered to be his masterpiece.
The Pope responded to Aquinas’ classmates who called him a “stupid ox” because he was huge and talked slowly: “We call him a dumb ox, but his roaring in theology will one day resonate throughout the globe.” Albert is living example of the great influence that a good teacher can have on generations, and we beg for the grace to be able to do the same via his intercession.
Saint Francis de Sales
While the majority of the Saints in this litany are known for their work in educating the underprivileged, Saint Francis de Sales concentrated his efforts on one-on-one instruction with “the elite,” souls who he recognized as having a special aptitude for spirituality. Saint Francis de Sales was born in a poor family and was educated in a convent. Francis did not do so because he considered these individuals to be more essential than others; rather, he did so because he realized that their abilities were intended to benefit the entire Church and that these souls were frequently unsure of how to develop them.
Although he was not a trained teacher, but rather a bishop, he spent his spare time providing instruction, encouragement, and education tailored to the individual requirements of each soul, a sentiment that personal tutors and homeschooling parents may share!
Saint John Cantius
Therefore, it comes as no surprise that Saint John Cantius is designated as the patron saint of teachers and students. A professor and Department Director at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland in the 15th century, he was himself an extremely well-educated and accomplished individual. A great deal of concern was shown for his students, who benefited from his assistance in meeting their spiritual, intellectual, and personal requirements. In his own words, John describes his approach to teaching as follows: “Fight any mistake, but do it with good humor, patience, gentleness, and love.” “Harshness will harm your own spirit and undermine the finest of intentions.” We pray for his capacity to love and correct our pupils in the same manner as he did!
Saint Aloysius Gonzaga
Saint Aloysius Gonzaga died of a plague at the age of twenty-three as a result of his bravery in ministering to others who were ill. Despite the fact that he was never formally trained as a teacher, he was so intelligent that he began teaching catechism lessons to others when he was only eleven years old. Having pupils who are brighter or older than us may be nerve-wracking for instructors, especially when they are younger or more inexperienced. When we are faced with moments of dread and uncertainty about our talents in the classroom, may Saint Aloysius serve as a reminder of our abilities.
Saint Joseph Calasanz
In addition to becoming a priest, Saint Joseph Calasanz also held advanced degrees in theology and law. However, he chose to leave those professions because he was moved by the desperate need of the poor for appropriate education. After getting approval and funding to establish a school, an inflow of eager kids descended on the premises almost immediately. Soon after opening its doors, the school’s enrollment had to be extended, and additional men were drawn to the mission to work as instructors, and the Piarists were officially recognized by the Catholic Church as an official religious order, the Piarists.
As the order increased, so did the chasm between opposing viewpoints.
It was not until eight years after his death that his name was cleared.
Additionally, I believe it’s necessary to point out that the work of his order has continued.
Consider how different the world would be now if Saint Joseph Calasanz had not heeded the Holy Spirit’s call to follow his conscience.
Saint John Baptiste de la Salle
Saint John Baptiste de la Salle is commonly referred to as the “Father of Modern Education” because of his contributions to modern education. He was the one who instituted the classification of pupils into classes based on their age, as well as the establishment of trade schools, high schools, and formal training for those who want to pursue a career in teaching. “You may create miracles by touching the hearts of people who have been committed to your care,” he firmly believed. Wishing you all the blessings of Saint John Baptist de la Salle as we work together to touch hearts, perform miracles, and establish better educational systems for future generations.
Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara
While serving as a priest and social reformer in India during the nineteenth century, Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara went below the level of his own social standing to ensure that the “untouchables” received the education that was due them. He even went so far as to break the law in order to ensure that they mastered sanskrit. In addition, he recognized that his kids would benefit more from their education if they were provided with a noon meal to keep them going, which was a “luxury” that many impoverished families could not afford.
Because the program was so effective, Kuriakose presented the concept to the monarch, who ordered that it be adopted in all government schools throughout the country.
Saint John Bosco
Saint John Bosco was an Italian priest who founded a school for boys after observing that too many of them who lived on the streets ended up in prison. His work in the field of education has left a lasting impact. Besides providing them with a home and an education, he also set up apprenticeships with local artisans to ensure that the boys would be successful after they graduated from high school. Furthermore, he gave individual supervision to each and every boy in his school (much like Saint Francis de Sales, which is why Bosco named his religious order the Salesians).
The following are two of my favorite quotations from St.
John Bosco assist us all in ensuring that our pupils understand that they are loved.
Saint John Henry Newman
Saint John Henry Newman, according to Bishop Barron, a former adherent of the Angelican religion, was a major actor in the area of theology as well as in the eyes of the Catholic Church. Despite this, the Saint himself stated, “Education has always been my line of work.” He worked as a tutor, a teacher, and an administrator, and he was instrumental in building Catholic universities that were on par with other prestigious English schools. He advocated for a more educated Catholic laity—and he didn’t shy away from teaching secular subjects like as evolution and Darwinism—in the Catholic church.
According to him, the laity needed to be taught on these topics in order to be able to live out their Faith in its entirety. As we prepare our pupils to live moral lives in a secular environment, let us pray that St. John Henry Newman will aid us all.
Saint Miguel Febres Cordero
A religious brother from Ecuador who belonged to the order founded by Saint John Baptiste de la Salle, Saint Miguel Febres Cordero worked as a teacher for more than 32 years until his death. Miguel wrote his own textbooks since, as is frequently the case when it comes to teaching, the ones that were available were inadequate or nonexistent. Ses textbooks have been written in the fields of Spanish, literature, linguistics, and instructional methods, among other subjects (just to name a few). They were of such excellent quality that the government decided to make them mandatory for all public schools to utilize.
Blessed Jutta of Disibodenberg
Blessed Jutta of Disibodenberg was born into a wealthy, aristocratic family but chose to become a hermit and live a solitary life in obedience to God after leaving her family. She was admired for her spiritual insight, and she earned a living by instructing young women from the surrounding area. Her most well-known student was Saint Hildegard of Bingen, who was one of only four women to be named a Doctor of the Church in the Western Church. May Blessed Jutta aid us in educating our pupils so well that they outperform us in terms of knowledge and talent.
Saint Angela Merici
The Ursline Sisters were created by Saint Angela Merici, who dedicated her life to educating young girls during a time when the education of women was under threat (a result of the Renaissance and Enlightenment). Ultimately, their efforts were fruitful, and the order has continued to operate schools for young women to this day. We pray that Saint Angela Merici may support us in pushing against the tide of popular opinion in society!
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton offers a personal story with which many of the teachers who read this blog will be familiar: she was a single mother who worked full-time. She had five children and, after her husband died, she established the first Catholic parish school in the United States to provide for her family. It was through her work at the school that a religious order, the Sisters of Charity, was founded as well as the foundation of the first Catholic orphanage in the United States. May Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton assist us in gladly fulfilling all of the specific tasks of the vocation God has given to each of us—even when those responsibilities are out of the ordinary!
Saint Mary Helen MacKillop
Saint Mary Helen MacKillop, Australia’s first and only saint, established her first school in order to provide for her family’s needs. When this proved to be a success, she was joined by a large number of other female instructors, and together they formed the first Catholic school in the country, under the supervision of a priest. It was because of this accomplishment that a new religious order, the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart, was founded, as well as the establishment of more than 40 Catholic schools across the United States and Canada.
The bishop, on his deathbed, recognized Mary’s remarkable goodness throughout this time of turmoil and restored her to full communion with the church. When we are misunderstood and under investigation by our superiors, may Saint Mary MacKillop intervene on our behalf!
Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini
Known as Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, she was an Italian religious sister who dreamed of serving as a missionary in China. Her bishop, on the other hand, identified a need in a different location: in New York City, where a large community of Italian immigrants was suffering from a variety of injustices. It was Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini who heeded him when he said, “Do not go to the East, but to the West.” She too was an immigrant, and she encountered enormous difficulties along the way, but she was determined to complete her purpose.
May we all be as tough and determined as Mother Cabrini when faced with tasks that are diametrically opposed to our own preferences!
Saint Katharine Drexel
Saint Katharine Drexel was a rich socialite and heiress who possessed a strong sense of charity that had been ingrained in her by her parents. When her parents died, she spent her whole estate to create schools for Black and Native American children who were unable to attend “normal” school since the law did not allow it to be done so. The pope directed her to establish a religious order to operate in such schools, and she was appointed to be the order’s superior. Aside from that, Katharine supported the publishing of the Navajo-English Catechism and helped to establish Xavier University in New Orleans, which was the first Catholic university in the United States to admit African-American students.
As Saint Katharine Drexel demonstrated, we may all learn from her example of generosity in giving of ourselves to our pupils.
Blessed Contardo Ferrini
Born to a teacher’s family and then going on to become one himself, Blessed Contardo Ferrini’s life of virtue and instruction earned him the title of Blessed of the Universities for his contributions to education. Contardo, who was extraordinarily well-educated and well regarded as an expert in several subjects, as well as fluent in numerous languages, came to the conclusion that his vocation was that of a lay single person. His life was dedicated entirely to the benefit of others.
Let’s Join Them
One of the most well-known proverbs is “Those who can’t do, teach.” This group of holy men and women certainly demonstrates the fallacy of that notion. Teachers are frequently those individuals who were talented and at the top of their areas before deciding to pursue a career in teaching in order to educate others. Many of the qualities and characteristics that we see in today’s instructors may be seen in the holy men and women who are mentioned in this litany. These Saints gave up better careers and more comfortable lifestyles in order to devote their lives to assuring the growth of others, sometimes even at the expense of their own financial resources.
In the next year, when the going gets difficult, we encourage all of you to return to this litany, praying it again and over again in the hope that it will result in waves of grace washing over your classroom!
Perhaps, with their assistance, we will be able to have our own names included in a new litany of Saints! You may download a free image from this page and keep it tucked away in the pages of your academic calendar. Teaching Saints: A Litany of SaintsBISblog / To send a tweet, simply click here.
Do You Know These 6 Patron Saints Of Catholic Education?
Saint Aloysius Gonzaga is the patron saint of young people. Long before he entered the Jesuits at the age of 18, St. Aloysius had earned a reputation as a man of knowledge above his years. His call to the holy life had already been discerned by the time he was nine years old, when he was nine years old. And by the time he was 11 years old, he was instructing younger children in the Catechism. Secondly, St. Albert the Great is the patron saint of science students. He was St. Thomas Aquinas’ instructor, and like his renowned student, he too was elevated to the rank of Doctor of the Church by the Church.
- In many aspects, St.
- As the founder of the Institute of the Brothers of Christian Schools, he also built teacher training institutes around France, including one in Paris.
- The Saint Patrick Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds in order to grant scholarships to deserving students who wish to attend Catholic educational institutions.
- 4Pope St.
- It is his Dialogue, in which he instructs a young monk about the monastic life by sharing the tales and examples of previous monks, that is his most famous piece of writing.
Angela Merici, Founder of the Ursuline Sisters, was born on May 5, 1565 in Rome.
Angela was an Italian Franciscan whose heart was affected by the lack of opportunities for young girls and women in her community.
The Ursulines were the first religious order dedicated exclusively to the education of young women.
Joseph committed himself to the education of underprivileged and abused children.
These schools grew in popularity to the point where Pope Clement VIII contributed to their financial assistance.
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Saint Jean-Baptist de La Salle, patron of all educators I La Salle Campus Barcelona
It was on the 15th of May in 1950 that Pope Pius XII named Saint Jean-Baptist de La Salle to be the specific patron of all educators of children and youth, as well as the patron saint of all educators. Known for a life dedicated to education, his prolific work in the field of pedagogy, and his promotion of an innovative educational system that envisaged a school open to all, he passed away on March 25, 2018. Some of his accomplishments were the establishment of a class schedule, the division of pupils into levels, the teaching of subjects in the vernacular, the establishment of secondary education, and his efforts to incorporate disadvantaged socioeconomic groups in the educational system.
- However, what is maybe less well-known about him, and which is a reason for celebration on May 15th, is his role as a teacher educator.
- He surrounded himself with the proper people and committed all of his energy to their education, serving as a role model and an example for them and promoting the dignity of the teacher in the process.
- During the captivity, the educational community was forced to reassess the methods with which they had been working on an almost instantaneous basis.
- Being in close contact to the pupils is essential to the instructional task: seeing them, feeling their emotions, and comprehending their viewpoints.
The Story Behind the Patron Saint of Teachers (Jean-Baptiste de La Salle)
Saint Jean-Baptiste devoted his life to the education of underprivileged French children, serving as a beacon of light in their otherwise terrible lives and pioneering innovative educational approaches that are still in use today all across the globe. Jean-Baptiste de La Salle, also known as John-Baptiste de La Salle, was born on April 30, 1651, in Reims, France, to a noble family. He was the son of an aristocratic family. Mr. de La Salle was the eldest of 11 children born to Louis de La Salle, a magistrate of the royal court, and his wife, Nicolle de Moet de Brouillet, who belonged to a well-known family of vineyard owners and wine makers in the region.
- Jean-Baptiste received the best education accessible to him at the time.
- When he was 26 years old, the Archbishop of Reims conferred on him the ordination to the priesthood.
- Jean-Baptiste when his spiritual adviser and cherished friend, Father Nicholas Roland, approached him and asked him to assist in obtaining official recognition from the local authorities for the newly-established Sisters of the Child Jesus congregation.
- The Sisters benefited from his collaboration once St.
- The next month, he was introduced to Adrian Nyel, an educator who was in charge of managing the education of underprivileged boys and other social services at the time.
- Jean-new Baptiste’s vocation as a young educator.
Teachers, the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (also known as Christian Brothers, French Christian Brothers, Lasallian Brothers, or De La Salle Brothers), Lasallian Educational Institutions, educators, and school principals are all patronized by him, as is the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools.
- Jean-Baptiste, which perfectly expresses his life’s goal of spreading Christ’s word to people in the most remote parts of the world.
- Jean-Baptiste de La Salle.
- In the midst of his ministry, St.
- He was suffering from asthma, severe rheumatism, and an accidental brain injury, so he decided to stay and retire at Saint Yon, near Rouen, France, where he had established a new boarding institution for young men with disabilities.
- His last act was to bless his Brothers who were standing by his bedside on the morning of Good Friday and to give them words of advice before passing away.
- Then, with a last gaze toward the heavens, he died by joining his arms in the shape of a cross.
- The canonization of St.
There were two miracles credited to St.
For starters, Leopold Tayac, a young student at the Boarding School of Rodez in France, was instantly and completely cured of pneumonia, which was previously thought to be completely irreversible by the medical community.
Both miracles, which occurred in 1888, cleared the path for St.
3 In the Lasallian educational tradition, Saint Jean-Baptiste is revered as the founder of the school.
Jean-Baptiste as the patron saint of teachers on May 15, 1950, 231 years after the saint’s passing.
Jean-accomplishments Baptiste’s is the establishment of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools.
Jean-“Lasallian Baptiste’s tradition” of education, which places a strong emphasis on the dignity of each student, regardless of their socioeconomic background.
It is the headquarters of the De La Salle Institute, and it is also the site of the Sanctuary of St.
Jean-Baptiste de La Salle as well as the remains of other Lasallian saints.
Jean-Baptiste to pay their respects.
Jean-death Baptiste’s in 2019, they traveled to the Philippines and distributed his arm bone to the 16 La Salle institutions there.
4 The Symbolism and Iconography of Saint Jean-Baptiste Show him in the role of a teacher.
Jean-Baptiste is frequently depicted with his right arm stretched and his index finger pointed skyward, while instructing two youngsters (or one kid in some paintings) who are standing alongside him.
The official painting of St.
Celebration of the Feast of Saint Jean-Baptiste on May 5th It takes place on April 7th.
This, however, was not always the case in the past.
In 1969, under the pontificate of Pope Paul VI, a reform of the Church’s calendar was implemented.
Every year on May 15, in honor of St.
Since 1937, his ashes have been interred in the Generalate in Rome (in Italian, this is referred to as the “Casa Generalizia” or “Generalizia House”).
Yon in the French city of Paris.
In 1937, they were relocated for the final time to the location they currently occupy.
Is in the Generalate, which is located in Rome.
Jean-Baptiste was honored with a shrine, which was built in his honor at the headquarters of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, which also serves as the house of the Institute’s Superior General and his Council.
Jean-Baptiste de La Salle, which is located in the center of the home, is a must-see.
John Baptist de La Salle, which is being built at De La Salle University in Laguna, Philippines, and is envisioned as the world’s first sanctuary dedicated to St.
In addition to housing the Saint’s bones, it will also serve as a pilgrimage place for educators.
In France and other nations, St.
He is credited with founding the world’s first “training school” for lay instructors, where teachers were instructed in the ideas and methods of instructing the general public.
When it came to teaching the impoverished children in France, he was a trailblazer in utilizing a common language that everyone could comprehend rather than Latin.
This practice was prohibited by St.
Instead, he separated the children into groups based on their age and had them all be taught at the same time by the same teacher using the same book.
9 Through a simple invitation to a meal, Saint Jean-Baptiste was able to establish a religious congregation.
While working with Adrian Nyel to build a free elementary school in Reims, St.
He invited the schoolteachers who were suffering to his house for supper, a meeting, and prayer in order to encourage them and provide them with good teaching methods.
He treated them as if they were a flock of lost sheep in need of a shepherd and chose to house them at his home so that he could continue to teach them efficiently.
Additionally, he devoted practically all of his riches to pay the instructors, his objective of teaching young people, and to feed the needy in Reims when the city was afflicted by hunger.
Jean-act Baptiste’s of fellowship with this group of schoolteachers is regarded the establishment of the Institute, despite the fact that the Institute’s formal recognition did not come until a few years after St.
Baptiste’s 10 Saint Jean-Baptiste fought against the errors of Jansenism and was martyred in the process.
Jean-Baptiste, may be traced back to his time.
Jean-Baptiste was able to defend Catholic theology, and as a result of this, the Jansenists propagated false information about the Saint in an attempt to discredit him.
11 The Legacy of Saint Jean-Baptiste flourished in France and around the world.
Jean-Baptiste, for 295 years since the Institute was recognized by Pope Benedict XIII.
Conclusion God has a unique method of revealing His purposes to humans in a way that is completely beyond our comprehension.
During this time of discernment, may the life of St.
Biography of the Author Natalie Regoli is a devout Christian, dedicated wife, and mother of two sons.
She is the daughter of God. From The University of Texas, she earned a Master’s Degree in Law in 2007. Natalie has been published in a number of national magazines and has been in the legal profession for over 18 years.
Prayer for the Teacher
When the Christian Brothers began praying before school each day sometime around 1850, they created a modernized version of their prayer. Despite the fact that some people incorrectly ascribe the origin of the prayer to De La Salle, Lasallian scholar Brother Gerard Rummery, FSC, points out that it has its origins in the eighteenth-centuryTraité des Études by Charles Rollin. St. John Baptist de La Salle, who was declared the Patron Saint of Teachers by the Catholic Church on May 15, 1950, is reflected in the spirituality of the prayer.
It is you who has an impact on the hearts of the youngsters who have been committed to my care.
I pray that you would grant me the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and fortitude, the spirit of knowledge and piety, as well as the spirit of a holy dread of you and a burning desire to bring about your glory, for my own direction as well as the guiding of my pupils.
Is There a Patron Saint of Teachers?
“Your complete and utter incompetence of the subject matter that you purport to teach justifies the death penalty.” There is a good chance you are unaware that St. Cassian of Imola was killed by his students using styli in front of him. His death, which was worthy of a martyr, elevated him to the status of patron saint of teachers.” An excerpt from John Kennedy Toole’s novel, A Confederacy of Dunces. As the second semester gets underway, it’s a good idea to consider the plight of the teacher.
- And if there was one, I assumed it was Thomas Aquinas, at the very least among the college and graduate population.
- Even though Aquinas spent a significant amount of time teaching beginners, he is often regarded as the patron saint of the more heady, philosophical kinds of individuals.
- So, in early 2008, when I returned to Washington from California after Christmas, I needed something to read on Alaska Airline Flight No.
- I was staying with my niece, who lives about 20 minutes away from LAX.
- It was written by John Kennedy Toole.
- Because the Introduction was written by Walker Percy, I decided it would be a nice read for the five-hour travel to Washington, D.C.
- I was traveling through the eastern United States when I came upon the paragraph about St.
Naturally, I was unfamiliar with St.
A another Cassian, a medieval abbot, authored a book called The Spiritual Meadow, which I believe is still in print.
Butler’s Lives of the Saints has a reference to his Feast Day, which falls on August 13th.
It appears that the Emperor had ordered all instructors to swear an oath to the gods of the region, which Cassian, being the devout Christian that he was, refused to do out of principle.
It was a regional way of pledging allegiance to the state, which was associated with the gods at the time.
Cassian, who appeared to be a devout professor, declined to take such an oath of allegiance.
The official, being the cunning individual that he was, included the man’s own students in his sentence.
Cassian was stripped to his underwear and bound to a fence post.
So that’s what we’ve got.
The students were acting on directions from the authorities.
We do not award tenure to such obstinate individuals!
It makes one dread to think of the lessons that kids could take away from this portrayal of how to interact with teachers.
Cassian’s) becoming a patron of teachers, despite his superior credentials for the position,” writes the great Butler, who chronicled all of their lives, laconically, in chronicling this astounding history.
Although I have yet to witness any demonstrations of my fine students rising up to bash Schall to death with their laptop computers due to his refusal to allow them to compose messages to their pals during class, I am hopeful.
Cassian of Imola, patron saint of teachers, ever since Ignatius Reilly made reference to him in his book.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Actually, St.
There is also a patron saint for “liars and fakes,” for “mediocrity” and even Harry Potter is named as a patron saint, which was a surprise to me as I had no idea there was such a thing.
Anyone considering attending college or graduate school should be aware of this fundamental truth.
Most universities are not permitted to use the term “Christmas Holidays,” but they are permitted to use the term “Holiday,” which actually means “holy day,” despite the fact that it actually means “holy day.” However, it is possible that they are unaware of this.
Starting at the beginning of the second semester, students who are seniors begin to understand that this is “the end of their journey.” When they are not searching for employment or applying to law schools, they tend to grow a little sentimental about their childhood.
They are aware of the locations of the dining halls, the library, the class rooms, the ball fields, and, most likely, the neighborhood pubs.
They have also assessed the performance of teachers and sought the opinions of upperclassmen on the remainder of the subject matter.
They have typically mastered the ability to discipline themselves in order to complete the tasks that have been assigned to them.
In order to learn anything, we must be given the opportunity to do so.
Learning begins on the day we understand that there is something we truly want to know about anything we are interested in learning.
College is viewed as something that “prepares us for work,” according to one school of thought.
These are the types of inquiries that I am not averse to answering.
It’s hilarious to imagine the “impractical” professor instructing the “impractical” student on how to prepare for a “impractical” life.
If we read Plato, as we will do this semester in my seminars, we will see that this skepticism about the nuttiness of academics is representative of the general public’s perception of what happens in college.
“Relativism” is mentioned in about every other speech given by the Holy Father.
In the early days of Thomas Aquinas College, Christopher Derrick spent a year as a student there.
That title pretty much sums up everything.
This title is inspired by a statement made by Allan Bloom in his book Closing of the American Mind, which states that any professor entering any classroom at one of the “top” colleges might presume that all of the students in front of him are already relativists.
They are likely to be familiar with the case for the former, but they are often startled and happy when a case for the latter can be presented, as it should and should be.
And he is the one who tells us, in the most succinct manner possible, that our difficulty in relating to the present and the true is more than a matter of intellectual curiosity.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * To return to the second semester, students who are likely ready to return from their homes, with a faint realization that they have already left their father’s home, not in the sense that they are no longer welcome there, but in the sense that they must find their own way in the world, are discussed.
- Towards Organic Feminism,” a lecture given by Jennifer Roback Morse at the Newman Club at the University of Colorado, expresses a similar point in a different way.
- However, I bring these sources up to remind us that we come from a heritage that values the importance of a real family—husband, wife, and children—and that recognizes that intelligence is also at the heart of our religious beliefs and practices.
- It’s hockey season at Boston College and the University of North Dakota, where I spent the previous fall semester.
- She was a member of some sort of team, either field hockey or soccer, I believe.
- “It was somewhere between three and four.” “I wish academics could demand such hours!” I said to her, a tinge of envy in my voice.
- Students are not attend college to “prepare” for a particular technique or craft, even if that technique or craft is in the medical or legal fields.
- Approximately twenty outside talks each day from national and international luminaries are held here on this campus.
In this stage of their life, students aren’t interested in staying up to date on current affairs.
Now, I’m not against “ephemeral” things in general.
The whole is contained inside the component.
Conversation and a sense of purpose are required.
To consider, we require what Aristotle referred to as theorein.
We must place the world in its proper context, as well as ourselves within and beyond it.
We must honestly accept that our hearts and spirits are restless, as well as the reasons behind this.
Plato, who was certain about this subject, was absolutely correct.
Souls have a lengthy lifespan.
This life is not enough, yet it is the place where we all begin since it is the place where we are right now.
Charlie Brown contains some of the most profound things I’ve ever discovered.
It depicts Schroeder and Charlie sitting on the stoop of a building.
He then continues to whistle something, which is easily notated in the cartoon by the musical notation provided.
“I’m not sure why I didn’t do it.” Of course, we all know, including Schroeder and Charlie himself, that Charlie had absolutely no idea what the music was about at the time.
In fact, Christian Sinding was a Norwegian composer who died in 1949, according to Wikipedia.
Despite the fact that I have never heard his Opus 32, I am confident that my friend Robert Reilly has, and he will send me a CD of it upon request.
To be what it is, a “liberal,” that is, “freeing,” education must be pursued, and education implies that we want to know (as well as see and hear and taste and feel) what is.
We must first liberate ourselves in order to do so.
One does not go to college to learn anything specific unless he intends to learn everything there is to know about that subject.
At the end of the day, we can’t help but wonder if Charlie enjoyed the music even if he didn’t understand what it was.
This is exactly what the second semester is all about!
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