After four hundred years, the opportunity and insight that was necessary
for the foundation of the first Religious Order dedicated completely to the tuition free education of children and youth is
difficult to appreciate today.
Nevertheless, the accomplishment of Calasanz in those years following
The Council Of Trent was truly the worl of a genius. Through his mediation, the Church made a breach in the secular world.
He ventured well beyond the three usual fields of priestly ministry: choir, pulpit, the confessional. And while they were
very important responsibilities, they were not enough.
It was necessary for the post-Tridentine Church to establish an institution
that would affect all people. And the institution that would imprint on the minds and hearts of men and women and indelible
Christian seal was the compulsory, tuition fee and public school.
And history agrees with Calasanz. Today, the
society appreciates such schools, and almost every government, political party, and opposition group tries to embrace