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  • Actors: Mel Ferrer
  • Directors: Luis Cesar Amadori
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Ignatius Press
  • DVD Release Date: October 1, 2010
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041OOW8M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,039 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The inspiring story of a 17th century French priest who reluctantly became involved in educating poor children and in the process became the Founder of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, an order known today as the De La Salle Christian Brothers. Actor Mel Ferrer gives a heartfelt performance as St. John Baptist de La Salle, a priest from a wealthy upper-class family who gave up everything to serve the needs of educating poor children, facing tremendous opposition along the way.

Today there are some 70,000 Lasallian educators, with about 900 of their educational institutions, including 64 colleges and universities, who join over 5,000 Christian Brothers in providing a Catholic education for a million students. His story is one of God's Providence, of great charity and perseverance, and of a genuine application of the Gospel to daily life in the classroom. His writings have become educational classics, and his meditations continue to inspire Catholic educators around the world to "see Christ beneath the rags of those confided to your care." Includes a 16 page Collector's Booklet.

This DVD contains the following language tracks: English with Englishor Spanish subtitles.

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By ServusDei on November 23, 2010
The problem in this movie St. John Baptist de la Salle:Patron of teachers is trying to condense the life of one of the church's great contributors into a 90 minute movie, and doing an excellent job of it. He did so much for the cause of education that he has earned a niche (i.e. a statue)at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome!So is it possible to summarize his life into this short time interval, without leaving out its important aspects?

Let me first focus on the pros of this movie with a brief overview of the life of this genius of a man and saint.

Saint Jean Baptiste de la Salle was born into an affluent family of the French aristocracy in the year 1651. He was ordained in 1678 and was well known for his good breeding, education and intelligence. He was made a canon (i.e member of the chapter of a cathedral or of a collegiate church)of Rheims Cathedral when he was just 16. He was well known for his charitable attitude to the less fortunate and was known to be most approachable despite his distinction. He used all his inheritance( which was a considerable sum) for the establishment of schools for the under privileged throughout France, and he revolutionized eduction for the masses, moving from the classical education that was common in those days to a more contemporary education that would be beneficial to his proteges in real life, for example, doing away with instruction in Latin in favor of the vernacular French, incorporating vocational trade, separating the students according to different levels of education, intellect and psychological development, and focusing on the children's special talents and striving to develop them to their full potential, not ignoring kids who are slower and so on..He was, in short, the father of the modern school.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Alan Parham on January 31, 2011
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This DVD is an excellent introduction to St. John Baptist De La Salle. Though in some places not historically accurate, it is nevertheless a good summary of the beginnings of De La Salle's work and story. Particularly touching is the meeting of De La aSalle and Adrian Nyel, which was a decisive moment in De La Salle's life. Those in the Lasallian Family will want to go beyond this DVD to read and study more accurate portrayals of De La Salle, but it is a good start. There is footage that shows the actual setting of De La Salle's extended retreat at Parmenie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MYRON SUCHANICK on February 18, 2014
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I bought this dvd because I am a graduate of La Salle University in Philadelphia, Pa., and remember we began each class with
a prayer, followed by the petition: "St. John Baptist De La Salle, pray for us." With that background, I wanted to learn more
about St, John Baptist de La Salle, and this DVD did the job for me,
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Simon slater on January 31, 2014
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Very good film and a very good advertisement for the Catholic Church thank you Jesus Jesus is the only way to happiness
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By maryj on February 27, 2013
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In today's world, we forget how difficult it was in the past, to get an education of any kind if you weren't wealthy
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