Brown, Father Lawrence

1958, April 24

Date of Birth: 1881, October 12

Lawrence A. Brown was born in Elkridge, Maryland, on October 12, 1881. He attended St. Mary’s Parochial School in Govans (Baltimore) from 1888 to 1895. Following that he attended Loyola High School and Loyola College in Baltimore, from which he graduated with an A.B. degree. After graduation from college, he entered St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore in 1902, and was ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Gibbons on June 20, 1906, with an S.T.B. degree. After ordination he went to The Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and there was awarded an S.T.L. degree in 1908. Appointed to St. Martin’s Church in Baltimore, he continued higher studies at Loyola College.

Two years later he received his M.A. degree from Loyola. In the same year, 1910, he was appointed as Superintendent of Baltimore’s parochial schools, while continuing as an assistant at St. Martin’s. He filled both positions until 1917.

In 1917, Father Brown joined the faculty of St. Charles College as an auxiliary. During his years at St. Charles, he taught Mathematics, Bookkeeping, English, Elocution, and Greek. He also served as Director of Dramatics, Prefect of Studies (Dean), Vice-president, and Vestiare. Exempted from Solitude, he was accepted as a Sulpician in 1924. Ill health forced his retirement in August 1955. Father Brown died on April 25, 1958.

Adapted from The Voice and from a vita prepared by Father John Bowen.