The purpose of the De La Salle Brothers is to give a human and Christian education to the young, especially the poor.
The De La Salle Brothers is a world-wide organisation of men who have devoted their lives to assist youth, especially the poor and marginalised. It was founded in 1679 in France by John Baptist De la Salle.
Twelve De La Salle Brothers from Ireland and France arrived in Sydney on 6 January 1906. Within a month they opened De La Salle College Armidale, in country New South Wales. The French Brothers had difficulty adjusting to the Australian culture and left just three months later.
Fortunately in 1909, six Irish Brothers volunteered for the Australian mission.
From Armidale, the Brothers expanded throughout Australia and to New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
Today in the ANZPNG (Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea) District, their work encompasses 26 schools and various welfare initiatives. Globally, there are currently over 4800 Brothers and thousands of Partners in 80 countries around the world in a diverse range of roles. They minister to more than 900,000 young people.
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