St. Nicholas of Tolentino
Patron Saint of Mariners
In the small Italian town of Sant’ Angelo, a couple prayed for a child at the shrine of St. Nicholas of Bari.
They prayed for a son and promised to dedicate him to God if their prayers were answered. In the Spring of 1245, Nicholas was born.
When he was still very young, Nicholas received the minor orders of the secular clergy in fulfillment of his parents' holy promise.
However, he wished to dedicate more time and energy to God’s work, and in the year 1264 he was accepted by the Augustinian Friars.