Lawrence was born in a holy and noble family in 226 in Huesca of Aragon in Spain. Sixtus II, the archdeacon of Rome invited Lawrence to accompany him to Rome to continue his studies for the priesthood. In 257 Sixtus became Pope and appointed Lawrence as archdeacon and as his vicar.
Lawrence became responsible for all the treasures owned by the church. When Valerian learnt that Lawrence was the custodian of all church treasures, he sent Cornelius, the Prefect of Rome to arrest him. The Prefect ordered Lawrence to hand over all the treasures of the church. Lawrence therefore assembled all the sick and poor of Rome and told the prefect "these are the authentic treasures of the church". Lawrence was beaten up and suffered further torture. He refused to pay homage to the pagan gods and he remained strong in the faith.
In the end Lawrence was burnt on an iron grid on August 10, 258, four days only after the death of Pope Sixtus II.