Fr. Lawrence G. Wrenn is a Catholic priest of the Hartford Archdiocese. He was born in New Haven, CT in 1928 and ordained in 1953. Fr. Wrenn received a Licentiate (1960) and Doctorate (1976) in Canon Law from the Lateran University in Rome. His responsibilities for Hartford included service as the Judicial Vicar both for the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Hartford and for the Provincial Court of Appeals.
In addition to archdiocesan responsibilities, Fr.Wrenn also served as a lecturer for the Tribunal Institute of Catholic University of America, a consultant for the NCCB Committee on Canonical Affairs and a consultor for the Pontifical Commission for the Authentic Interpretation of Legislative Texts.
His work in canon law has been recognized with numerous awards from the Canon Law Society of America including the “Role of Law Award” (1976), being named an “Honorary Member” (1994) and having a Festschrift commissioned (1999) and published (2002). He also received the Johannes Quasten Medal (2000) from the School of Religious Studies, Catholic University of America and was the James H. Provost lecturer (2007) for the School of Canon Law, Catholic University of America.
Fr.Wrenn’s publications include texts on Marriage Tribunal procedures, decisions and case studies as well as interpretation of canon law. He has contributed articles to numerous publications including the New Catholic Encyclopedia, The Jurist, NCR, The American Ecclesiastical Review, Studia Canonica and The Catholic Lawyer. He also contributed articles in The Code of Canon Law: a Text and Commentary (1985) and The New Commentary on the Code of Canon Law (2000).
Now in retirement in Sarasota, FL, Fr. Wrenn enjoys sharing his love of scripture in occasional daily homilies with the parishioners of St. Thomas More Catholic Church and exercising his golfing skills with friends at Stoneybrook.