St. Lawrence was a Deacon of the Church of Rome.  He was martyred during the persecution of Valerian four days after the martyrdom of Pope Sixtus II and his four companions.  His tomb is located in the field of Verano near the Via Tiburtina where Constantine the Great later built a basilica.  Devotion to Lawrence was widespread by the fourth century.

FEAST DAY:  August 10

PATRON OF:  Deacons, comics, vintners