Who is the real Saint Nicholas?

Saint Nicholas was born in the third century in Turkey to a wealthy Christian family. When he was young, his parents died and he inherited their fortune. Nicholas became known for his generosity to the poor and his love of Christianity. Obeying Jesus' words to "sell what you own and give the money to the poor," Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering.

He is the patron saint of children, sailors, merchants, and thieves. St. Nicholas is best known for his story of giving dowries to three poor sisters so they could marry. He is also said to have saved the lives of many people during a famine.

Want to learn more? Explore the St. Nicholas Center website.