Nicholas of Tolentine (c. 1245 - 1305). Nicholas Gurrutti was born in the village of Sant'Angelo in Pontano, Italy in 1245. His parents, middle-aged and childless, went to the church of Saint Nicholas of Bari, their special patron, to seek his prayers on their behalf. Shortly thereafter, a son was born to them whom they named Nicholas out of gratitude.
At the age of sixteen years Nicholas joined the Order of St Augustine. As a young Augustinian, he had been formed by Augustinians who before the Grand Union of 1256 had been Hermits of Brettino, who were known for their strict mortification of the body and they practical poverty. A number of years later, he was ordained a priest and soon gained a reputation as a preacher and a confessor.
About the year 1274, he was sent to Tolentino, near his birthplace, and there gained the reputation that is still associated with his name today. The great artist and architect of the Renaissance, Raphael (1483 - 1520), early in his career - about the year 1503 - painted "The Triumph of Saint Nicholas of Tolentino." Unfortunately the painting was lost later during the sixteenth century.Photo galleryFor Augnet's photo gallery on Tolentino and St Nicholas Shrine, click here.Basilica of St NicholasFor the page of Augnet on the Basilica of Saint Nicholas at Tolentino in Italy, click here.
LinksNicholas of Tolentine. Nicholas of Tolentine (c. 1250 - 1305). He lived in Tolentine for practically all his last thirty years, and there he died on 10th September 1305. He was remarkable for his spirit of prayer, penance, and devotion to the Holy Souls. By the Chicago Augustinians.http://midwestaugustinians.org/st-nicholas-of-tolentine
Biography of Saint Nicholas. Nicholas of Tolentine. Nicholas Gurrutti was born in the village of Sant'Angelo in Pontano, Italy in 1245. His parents, growing old and still childless, went to the shrine at Bari of Saint Nicholas of Myra, their special patron, to seek his prayer on their behalf. Shortly thereafter, a son was born to them whom they named Nicholas out of gratitude. At an early age their son was greatly moved by the preaching of the Augustinian, Father Reginaldo di Monterubbiano, prior of the convento of Sant'Angelo, and requested admission to the community. From the web site of the California Augustinians. http://osa-west.org/?s=tolentineBasilica San Nicola - Tolentino. Official web site of the Shrine of St Nicholas. Presentazione il Santo, culto nel mondo - La Basilica - Guida al Santuario - La comunità Agostiniana - La attività - Il calendario Basilica San Nicola - Tolentino - Collegamenti - Contattaci - Il Cappellone - Cronaca dell'anno 2001. Italiano. (This web page was written in the Italian language.) http://www.sannicoladatolentino.it/index.htm
San Nicolás de Tolentino. Patrono de las almas del purgatorio, predicador. Espanol. (This web page was written in the Spanish language.) http://www.corazones.org/santos/nicolas_tolentino.htm
Painting: Jerome and Saint Nicholas of Tolentino. At the National Gallery of Art, London, England. http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/lorenzo-lotto-the-virgin-and-child-with-saints