San Nicola was a real man who lived in the Fourth Century in Asia Minor, now Turkey. He is remembered for his holiness, zeal and miracles. No less than 21 miracles have been attributed to him. He is known as the patron saint of many, including children, fishermen, sailors, travelers, unmarried woman and robbers (with an eye to repentance.)
In l807, a boatload of Italian sailors rescued the bones of San Nicola, bringing his earthly remains to Bari, Italy where he became that town’s patron saint. During a long famine in Bari, the fishermen prayed to San Nicola, and were rewarded with a huge catch, ending the hunger in the village.