``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).