Born: c. March 15, 270 (the Ides of
March), Patara, Lycia, Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey)
Died: December 6, 346 (age 76), Myra, Lycia
Nicholas ("victory of the people") is the common name for
Nicholas of Myra, a saint and Bishop of Myra (in Lycia, part of
modern-day Turkey). Because of the many miracles attributed to his
intercession, he is also known as Nicholas the Wonderworker.
He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such
as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him, and is
now commonly identified with Santa Claus.
His reputation evolved among the faithful, as was
the custom in his time.
What do you know about Saint Nicholas?
Celebrate with this quick quiz?
1. He was probably born in Patara, a province of
Asia Minor which is present day Turkey. He was born to wealthy parents
who raised him to be a devout Christian. They died while he was very
young. What did he do with his inheritance?
2. Dedicating his whole life to serving God. Where
was he made a bishop?
3. Because so many miracles were performed by him
what was he also known as?
4. Santa Claus is the name we now commonly know
him by which evolved from his reputation of secret gift giving. True or
5. The tradition of Saint Nicholas Day is a
festival for children in many countries in Europe related to surviving
legends of the saint, and particularly his reputation as a bringer of
gifts. What is the day?
6. His early Christian activities occurred during
the reign of the Roman Emperors Diocletian and Maximian who persecuted
Christians. Nicholas and so many other Christians were thrown into
prison that soon there was no room for the thieves, murderers and other
real criminals. After his release from prison. What did he attend after
being released from prison?
7. According to one legend, as a young man
Nicholas went to study in Alexandria and on one of his sea voyages from
Myra to Alexandria he is said to have saved the life of a sailor who
fell from the ship's rigging in a storm. What did he become a patron
8. What is a famous legend of Saint Nicholas with
9. What was the cause of death?
10. Where is Saint Nicholas buried?