Saint Lawrence Giustiniani

detail from the painting 'St Lorenzo Giustiniani and Other Saints'; 1532 by Il Pordenone; Accademia of Venice, Italy; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Lawrence Justinian
  • Laurence…
  • Laurentius…
  • Lorenzo…
  • Patriarch of Venice



Born to the Venetian nobility; his ancestors had fled Constantinople for political reasons. Against his widowed mother‘s wishes, he chose against marriage and for the religious life. Augustinian canon regular at San Giorgio, Alga, Italy in 1400. Spent his days wandering the island, begging for the poor. Ordained in 1406. Noted preacher and teacher of the faith. Held assorted administrative positions within his Order. Reluctant bishop of Castello, Italy in 1433. General of the canons regular. Bishop of Grado, Italy in 1451; the see was then moved to Venice, Italy, and Laurence was named archbishop and patriarch by Pope Nicholas V. Noted writer on mystical contemplation. Had the gift of prophecy. Miracle worker.





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MLA Citation

  • “Saint Lawrence Giustiniani“. CatholicSaints.Info. 19 April 2021. Web. 13 June 2021. <>