Born George Moeslein on June 13, 1850 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he entered the Passionists and professed his vows on November 3, 1865 and received the religious name Lawrence. Studies were conducted at Passionist monasteries in Baltimore, Maryland, and West Hoboken, New Jersey. He was ordained on February 28, 1874. He became a popular preacher. He held the position of vicar in several monasteries. Father Moeslein was a noted musician and composer of religious music for the Passionists with special attention given to masses, hymns, litanies and Gregorian chant. He taught Passionist students and had the ability to play the organ. He was a noted confessor at St. Michael’s Monastery Church, West Hoboken for the people who came for the devotions to St. Paul of the Cross He was influential in developing confraternity organizations for laity who had devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Holy Childhood. In his later years he was transferred to St. Paul Monastery, Pittsburgh where he died from diabetes.
June 13, 1850
November 3, 1865
February 28, 1874
December 13, 1914
Lawrence of the Sorrowful Virgin Moeslein