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The Life & Accomplishments of St. Lawrence O’Toole

Articles | November 14, 2023 | by Catholics for Catholics

Lawrence O’Toole was born circa 1128 in County Kildare, Ireland. His father was the leader of Hy Murray, and his mother belonged to the Clan O’Byrne. When he was only 10 years old, Lawrence was taken hostage by King Mac Murehad of Leinster, who subjected him to cruelty so severe that his father compelled the King to turn him over to the Bishop of Glendalough.

Lawrence became a role model of virtue and was appointed the abbot of his community at the young age of 25 when the Bishop passed away. He governed with prudence and virtue and was unanimously selected to fill the new See of Dublin in 1161.

In 1171, St. Lawrence visited King Henry II of England to handle diocesan affairs. Suddenly, while approaching the altar to officiate at Mass, an insane man violently attacked him. Everyone present thought he was fatally wounded, but St. Lawrence regained consciousness, requested water, blessed it, and applied it to his wound. The bleeding immediately ceased, and the Archbishop continued to lead the Mass.

Lawrence was highly regarded as a negotiator and was most well-known for his piety, charity, and prudence. He passed away on November 14, 1180, in Eu, Normandy. He was canonized by Honorius III in 1225.

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