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Calasanz, our
founder

had the intuition of finding his place in the world in a way that was unique until then: by dedicating himself to the education of the poorest and smallest.

``I have found in Rome the way to serve God by doing good to the little ones, and I will not leave them for anything in this world``

Our founder was born in Peralta de la Sal (Huesca) in 1557. He studied at university and was ordained a priest in 1583. In 1592 he travelled to Rome to obtain a canonry, but the vision of the suffering of the children led him to found, in 1597, the first free popular school, where piety leads to teaching, forgetting his desire for privileges and recognition.

That foundation achieved its continuity in the founding of the Pious Schools, in 1617 as a Congregation, and in 1621 as an Order. Therefore, to be a Piarist religious implies a triple vocation of teacher, religious and priest.

Calasanz saw God in the smallest, in the poorest, in the most suffering … and he dedicated his life to them. Do you want to do the same?

An approach to the Piarist Fathers


Discover in this Supplement what the Pious Schools, through their years of history, offer to society (Spanish version).

Videos about Calasanz


In these two videos we present a first approach to the founder of the Escuelas Pías, San José de Calasanz.

Vida de Calasanz


José de Calasanz


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