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THE PATRON SAINT OF SANTA LAURENSIA SCHOOL

The name of Sekolah Santa Laurensia is taken from St. Laurence Brindisi, a native of Italy, a Doctor of the Church, poet, linguist, and a diplomat. St. Laurence knew several languages, including Italian (his mother tongue), Hebrew, Greek, German, Bohemian, Spanish and French.

St. Laurence was born in Brindisi, Italy, in 1559 and died in Lisbon, Portugal, on 22 July, 1619. At baptism, he received the name Julius Caesar. Guglielmo de Rossi – or Guglielmo Russi, according to a contemporary writer – was his father's name. His mother’s name was Elisabetta Masella. Both parents were exemplary Christians. When his parents died, he was placed under the custody of his uncle and went to St. Mark’s College in Venice.

At the age of 16, he joined the Franciscan Capuchin Monastery in Venice and changed his name to Laurence. He continued his studies at Padua University and majored in philosophical and theological studies. At the age of 23, he was ordained a Capuchin priest. Since he was linguist, he found it easy to study the Bible in its original text. At the request of Pope Clemens VIII, Laurence gave several sermons in Italy, converting many people to Catholicism.

Laurence was very popular in the Church community. He was considered a kind priest and sensitive to the needs of the people. He was appointed the head of the Capuchin Monastery in Tuscany at the age of 31. Later, he was appointed the general superior of the order in 1602. He also served as the closest assistant and advisor to the Pope, which he did wisely and successfully. On his way to Lisbon after meeting the King of Spain, he got sick and died in 1619.

His work with the Bible and his sensitivity to others resulted in marked admiration of his life of service to the Church community. On 8 December 188, he was canonized, and in 1959, Pope John XXIII proclaimed St. Laurence of Brindisi a Doctor of the Universal Church (Doctor Apostolicus).

It is fitting to make St. Laurence the patron of the school because it strives to impart many of the life goals of St. Laurence to its students. While the school promotes languages as a means of interpersonal communication, tolerance, and respect, it also prioritizes the mastery of science and technology while being interpersonally sensitive to the needs of others. Saint Laurence has inspired the Sekolah Santa Laurensia community to achieve excellence in human compassion and professional achievement, and we pay tribute to our patron saint for providing an example to follow.