St. Lawrence Giustiniani


 
Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 09/05


Also known as
    Laurence Giustiniani
    Lawrence Justinian
    Lorenzo Giustiniani
    Patriarch of Venice

Memorial
    5 September

Profile
    Venetian nobility whose ancestors had fled Constantinople for political reasons. Against his widowed mother's wishes, he chose against marriage and for the religious life. Augustinian canon regular at San Giorgio, Alga, Italy in 1400. Spent his days wandering the island, begging for the poor. Ordained in 1406. Noted preacher and teacher of the faith. Held assorted administrative positions within his order. Reluctant bishop of Castello in 1433. General of the canons regular. Bishop of Grado in 1451; the see was then moved to Venice, and Laurence was named archbishop and patriarch by Pope Nicholas. Noted writer on mystical contemplation. Prophet. Miracle worker.

Born
    1381 at Venice, Italy

Died
    8 January 1455 at Venice, Italy of natural causes

Canonized
    16 October 1690 by Pope Alexander VIII



All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

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