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Several communities of nonclerical men religious engaged in various apostolic works. The best know are the Congregation of Christian Brothers, formerly Christian Brothers of Ireland, by Edmund Ignatius Rice; the Brothers of Christian Instruction, founded in 1817 at Ploërmel, France, by the Abbés Lamennais and Deshayes; and the Brothers of the Christian Lamennais Schools, founded 1680 at Rheims, France, by St. John Baptist de la Salle.