Inspired by the vision of our Founder, St John Baptist De La Salle, our Lasallian network provides education and welfare services for young people across Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and beyond, with a particular focus on the poor and marginalised.
The De La Salle Brothers are a religious congregation of men within the Catholic Church who were founded in 1679 by a French priest and scholar, John Baptist De La Salle. De La Salle and his first teachers recognised the importance of developing positive relationships with their students, calling themselves "older brother" to the young people in their care and "brother" to one another.
The Brother's History
Twelve De La Salle Brothers came to Australia from Ireland and France in January 1906. In february 1906, they opened their first school at Armidale in country New South Wales. From Armidale the work expanded throughout Australia and to New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
In 1946, the Brothers opened a Teachers' Training College in Papua New Guinea, followed by a number of primary and secondary schools. The first two Lasallian schools in New Zealand began in 1953. Currently, New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia have Lasallian schools.