Book of Saints – Laurence O’Toole


(Saint) Bishop (November 14) (12th century) Of princely descent, born in Leinster about A.D. 1124. After being Abbot of Glendalough, he was consecrated Archbishop of Dublin (A.D. 1154). He guided his flock wisely, encouraging them to patience in the sufferings consequent on the invasion of Strongbow; and governed his Diocese with prudence for twenty-six years. Repairing in the interests of his Church, to Canterbury, to King Henry II, he narrowly escaped death at the hands of a madman. He was present in Rome (A.D. 1179) at the Lateran Council, and returned to Ireland with the powers of a Legate. He died at the Abbey of Eu in Normandy (14 November A.D. 1180), having successfully negotiated between King Henry and King Roderic, the Irish monarch. He was canonised (A.D. 1226 by Pope Honorius III, who put on record, among the miracles worked at the prayer of Saint Laurence, the raising of seven dead persons to life.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Laurence O’Toole”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 13 June 2014. Web. 11 May 2021. <>