St. Laurence of Brindisi
July 21, 2023
An event every year that begins at 12:00am on day 21 of July, repeating indefinitely
Born on July 22, 1559 in the city whose name he took, Saint Laurence of Brindisi entered the Friars Minor Capuchin at Venice. As a learned professor of sacred Scripture and theology he emerged as a keen controversialist against the Lutheran heresy. He spurred on the Christian troops at grips with the Ottoman army and the union of Protestant States; he was also the founder of many religious houses, a very able diplomat and a zealous minister general of the Capuchin. He devoted himself especially to the spread and defense of Catholic belief and morality; the wide extent and great volume of his work makes him one of the most learned exegetes and controversialists of the Counter-Reformation. He died at Lisbon on July 22, 1619. He was canonized by Leo XIII; John XXIII proclaimed him a doctor of the Church.