Laevinus Torrentius

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

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
SeeCathedral of Our Lady (Antwerp)
Term ended1595
PredecessorFranciscus Sonnius
SuccessorGuillaume de Berghes
Personal details
Lieven van der Beke

March 8, 1525
Died26 April 1595(1595-04-26) (aged 70)
EducationPhilosophy, Law
Alma materUniversity of Leuven, University of Bologna


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, worth an 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 Bishop of Antwerp
Succeeded by