ABOUT SAINT LAWRENCE

Saint Lawrence was one of seven deacons who was in charge of giving help to the poor and the needy. When a persecution broke out, Pope St. Sixtus was condemned to death. As he was led to execution, Lawrence followed him weeping, ”Father where are you going without your deacon?” he said. “I am not leaving you, my son,”answered the Pope.” In three days you will follow me."

Full of joy Lawrence gave to the poor the rest of the money he had on hand and even sold expensive vessels to have more to give away.The Prefect of Rome, a greedy pagan, thought the Church had a great fortune hidden away. So he ordered Lawrence to bring the Church’s treasure to him. The Saint said he would, in three days. Then he went through the city and gathered together all the poor and sick people supported by the Church. When he showed them to the Prefect, he said: “This is the Church’s treasure!”

In great anger, the Prefect condemned Lawrence to a slow, cruel death.

The Saint was tied on top of an iron grill over a slow fire that roasted his flesh little by little, but Lawrence was burning with so much love of God that he almost did not feel the flames. In fact, God gave him so much strength and joy that he even joked,” Turn me over,” he said “And just before he died, he said,” It’s cooked enough now.” Then he prayed that the city of Rome might be converted to Jesus and that the Catholic Faith might spread all over the world. After that, he went to receive the martyr’s reward. Saint Lawrence’s feast is on August 10th. 


 

BRIEF HISTORY OF OUR SCHOOL

 

The school was in the beginning known as St. Patrick’s School, Cincinnatus Town branch. The school was founded in 1950 by Rev. Mgr. Victorno Fernandez who was then the Parish Priest. The School began in the Parlour of the Parish House for boys. The change to the present name came at a later date i.e. in May 1951. At that time, the school had six large airy class rooms. In 1951.

Rev. Fr. Francis D’ Souza was appointed principal of St. Lawrence’s Boy’s School. He extended the school towards Pedro D’Souza Road and built the first and second storey, covering the then parish house and the adjacent class room. By end of 1952, the new floor was ready for occupation. The school had now advanced to class VII and it had accommodations for the Teacher’s Common Room and Office. In 1954 Rev. Fr. Joshua Sterko becomes the Principal, who had built the new Parish house. In each of the next two years, the school took a step forward, advancing to class IX at the beginning of the scholastic year 1954 – 1955. It was towards the

end of year that the school was visited by representatives of the Catholic Board of Education. In 1962, Rev. Peter Canisus Mascrenhnas was appointed the school Principal of St. Lawrence’s Boys School. There were 40 pupils in each class with only one section. In the years that followed since then, the School took great strides forward, and the competence, dedication and unity of the staff contributed immensely to the growth of the school.