The Memorial of St. Lawrence O’Toole
St. Lawrence O’Toole is the Patron Saint of Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin
St. Lawrence O’Toole Feast Day, Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Feast Day, Beatification Date, Canonization Date, Matrimony/Holy Orders, Bishops who became Saints
St. Lawrence O’Toole brief life History
|Date of Birth||1128 AD|
|Country of Birth||Ireland in Europe|
|Profession||Archbishop of Dublin|
|Place of Work||Dublin, Ireland|
|Date of Death||14 November 1180|
|Place of Death||Eu, Normandy, Angevin Empire|
|St. Lawrence O’Toole Feast Day||November 14|
|Beatification||By Not Available|
|Canonization||By Pope Honorius III on 11 December 1225|
|Patron Saint of||Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin|
St. Lawrence O’Toole Feast Day Short life History
Saint Lawrence O’Toole is also known as
• Laurence O’Toole
• Lorcan Ua Tuathail
He was son of the chief of Hy Murray. Taken as a hostage by King Dermot McMurrogh Leinster in 1138 when he was ten years old. Dermot later married Lawrence’s sister Mor.
He was released in 1140 at age twelve to the Bishop of Glendalough, Ireland. He was raised and educated at the monastic school there.
He became Monk at Glendalough, and then abbot in 1153.
He declined the bishopric of Glendalough in 1160, citing his unworthiness.
He was ordered to accept the archbishopric of Dublin, Ireland in 1161, he became the first native-born Irishman to hold the see.
He reformed much of the administration and clerical life in his diocese. He Worked to restore and rebuild Christ Church cathedral.
As archbishop he accepted the imposition onto Ireland of the English form of liturgy in 1172.
Noted for his personal austerity, he wore a hair shirt under his ecclesiastical robes, made an annual 40 day retreat in Saint Kevin’s cave, never ate meat, fasted every Friday, and never drank wine – though he would color his water to make it look like wine and not bring attention to himself at table.
Acted as peacemaker and mediator at the second seige of Dublin in 1170.
In 1171 he travelled to Canterbury, England on diocesan business. While preparing for Mass there he was attacked by a lunatic who wanted to make Lawrence another Saint Thomas Beckett. Everyone in the church thought Lawrence had been killed by the severe blow to the head. Instead he asked for water, blessed it, and washed the wound; the bleeding stopped, and the archbishop celebrated Mass.
He Negotiated the 1175 Treaty of Windsor which made upstart Irish king Rory O’Connor and vassal of king Henry II of England, but ended combat.
He attended the General Lateran Council in Rome, Italy in 1179. Papal legate to Ireland.
He died while travelling with King Henry II, a trip taken as a peacemaker and on behalf of Rory O’Conner. It resulted in his imprisonment and ill-treatment by the king who decided he had had his fill of meddling priests.
Today’s St. Lawrence O’Toole Feast Day Quote:
St. Lawrence O’Toole last words were, “God knows, I have not a penny under the sun to leave anyone.” His last thoughts were of his people in Dublin: “Alas, you poor, foolish people, what will you do now? Who will take care of you in your trouble? Who will help you?”