ST. LAWRENCE OF BRINDISI, OFM Cap.
Feast Day: July 21
St. Lawrence was born in Brindisi in the kingdom of Naples in Naples, Italy, on July 22, 1559 and was named Cesar de Rossi. He took the name of Lorenzo when he became a Franciscan Capuchin at the age of 16.
As a deacon, St. Lawrence of Brindisi became known for his powerful form of preaching and after his ordination surprised all of northern Italy with his amazing sermons. Because he could speak Hebrew, he worked for the conversion of the Jews who lived in Rome.
As a student at the University of Padua, Lawrence studied philosophy, theology and the Bible.
In 1596, he became a high-ranking superior in the order, and five years later was sent to Germany with Blessed Benedict of Urbino. They founded several priories throughout Europe. Lawrence also helped to raise an army to combat the Turks in Hungary, where he won a battle against them by leading the troops into battle with only a crucifix to protect himself.
In 1602, St. Lawrence became the master general of his order. He worked, preached and wrote to spread the Good News.
He went on important peace missions to Munich, Germany, and Madrid, Spain. The rulers of those places listened to him and the missions were successful. But St. Lawrence became very ill. He had been tired out by the hard traveling and the strain of his tasks. He died on his birthday, July 22, in 1619. He was proclaimed a saint by Pope Leo XIII in 1881. He was honored as "apostolic doctor" by Pope John XXIII in 1959.
From the website of our sister church, St. Lawrence of Brindisi Parish in Watts, CA which is ministered by Capuchins of the Western Province. www.StLawrenceBrindisi.com.
As Capuchin Franciscans we follow St. Francis of Assisi as brothers, living the Gospel in prayer, fraternity and ministry, witnessing simply to Jesus Christ and the Church as a joyful presence of hope and salvation to all, especially to those most in need.
PRAYER - Rooted in our Capuchin contemplative tradition and expressed in many forms
As followers of St. Francis, desiring to be conformed more perfectly to the crucified and risen Christ
- We affirm that our prayer is rooted in our Capuchin contemplative tradition and is expressed in many forms.
- We seek to witness both personally and communally to affective prayer.
- We seek to become a living prayer and joyful presence to draw others to Christ.
FRATERNITY - Rooted in mutual love, humble reverence and respect for one another and for all people
We Capuchins are friars minor, rooted in mutual love, humble reverence and respect for one another and for all people.
- Individually and communally, we commit ourselves to be in greater solidarity with the poor.
- We manifest a compassionate caring attitude toward one another as brothers.
- We affirm, animate, support and encourage the building of community.
MINORITY - Following the meek and humble Christ and sharing our joy as lesser brothers by walking with people of every social condition
As brothers of St. Francis, we faithfully follow the meek and humble Christ.
- We cultivate a disposition of humility and respect of the dignity of others.
- We share our joy as lesser brothers by walking with people of every social condition and by being instruments of reconciliation.
- We commit ourselves to the evaluation of our lifestyle, both individually and communally.