St. Lawrence was a deacon of Rome under Pope St. Sixtus II. As deacon he cared for the poor and was steward of the Church’s money. When the Roman emperor, Valerian, began persecuting the Christians, Lawrence was among those captured. Knowing that Lawrence was the Church’s treasurer, the Romans told him that he must bring to them all the treasures of the Church. Lawrence gave away all gold and other money to those who really needed it, and then he presented the poor people to the Romans as the true treasures of the Church. Lawrence died a martyr for the faith.