The Lasallian mission embodies the vision and innovative spirit of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, patron saint of all teachers and founder of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. Saint La Salle founded the mission in 17th century France to provide a human and Christian education to the young, especially the poor.
Today, the Lasallian mission is present in 80 countries around the world, with 4,000 De La Salle Christian Brothers (Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools) and 90,000 Lasallian Partners serving one million young people in 1,000 educational ministries.
In the Lasallian Region of North America, which includes the United States and Canada, the mission serves more than 100,000 people through a network of seven colleges/universities, 51 secondary schools (four are Cristo Rey), 21 elementary and middle schools, and other ministries.
The Brothers of the Christian Schools is the largest religious order of Brothers in the Church dedicated solely to the mission of Christian education.