Laevinus Torrentius

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Laevinus Torrentius
Bishop of Antwerp
Laevinus Torrentius engraved by Cornelis Galle (I) after Gijsbert van Veen.jpg
A portrait of Laevinus Torrentius engraved by Cornelis Galle the Elder after Gijsbert van Veen, with an epigraph by Joannes Bochius
Church Catholic
Diocese Antwerp
See Cathedral of Our Lady (Antwerp)
Appointed 1576
Installed 1587
Term ended 1595
Predecessor Franciscus Sonnius
Successor Guillaume de Berghes
Personal details
Birth name Lieven van der Beke
Born (1525-03-08)March 8, 1525
Died 26 April 1595(1595-04-26) (aged 70)
Education Philosophy, Law
Alma mater University of Leuven, University of Bologna

Laevinus Torrentius, born Lieven van der Beke (1525–1595), was the second bishop of Antwerp.


He studied philosophy and law at Leuven University and then at the University of Bologna, for five years he lived in Rome. He was appointed Canon of Liege cathedral, and became there vicar general.

He was appointed bishop of Antwerp in 1576 but could not be installed in his see until 1587, he died in 1595, after being nominated to the see of Mechelen but before being appointed.[1]

After his death he left his precious library, estimated 30.000 gulden to the Jesuits of Louvain. He was buried inside the cathedral.


  1. ^ "Torrentius (Laevinius)", in A. J. van der Aa, Biographisch woordenboek der Nederlanden, vol. 18 (Haarlem, 1874), 195-196.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Franciscus Sonnius
Bishop of Antwerp
Succeeded by
Guillaume de Berghes