". . . The child predestined one day to become a shining ornament of his race and of Holy Church, John Baptist, was born of a noble family on April 30th 1651, at Rheims, one of the most illustrious cities of France. From his childhood, he manifested in his conduct a sweet piety, which was to shine in his person during the whole course of his life. Though endowed by nature with a mirthful disposition, he conceived a distaste from his tender infancy for games and amusements, delighting only in the history of the Saints. As soon as he was permitted to leave the house, his great pleasure was to visit churches, in which he used to pour forth prayers to the august Sacrament of the Eucharist, and to the Holy Mother of God with such perseverance, recollection and fervor, as to excite the admiration of those present."
John Baptist De La Salle was born at home in Rheims, "La Cloch", in 1651 and lived there until the family moved to their second residence on Rue Sainte Marguerite in 1664.
Cathedral at Reims by Domenico Quaglio
John Baptist attended the Cathedral at Rheim's College des Bons-Enfant from age 10 through 18
from which he received his Masters of Arts degree.
He accepted the position of canon of the cathedral at age 16.