Feast Day of St. Nicholas
St. Nicholas – Our Namesake
St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra (Fourth Century)
The great veneration with which St. Nicholas has been honored for many ages and the number of altars and churches which have been everywhere dedicated in his memory are testimonials to his holiness and of the glory which he enjoys with God. He is said to have been born at Patara in Lycia, a province of Asia Minor. Myra is the capital, not far from the sea.
Nicholas was well brought up by his parents and trod piously in their footsteps. The child, watched over by the church, enlightened his mind and encouraged his thirst for sincere and true religion.
His parents died when he was a young man, leaving him well off and he determined to devote his inheritance to works of charity. An opportunity soon arose. A citizen of Patara had lost all his money, and had moreover to support three daughters who could not find husbands because of their poverty; so the wretched man was going to give them over to prostitution. When Nicholas heard of this he took a bag of gold and under cover of darkness threw it in the open window for each daughter as she came of age.
The tradition of St. Nicholas Day, usually held on his feast day, Dec. 6, is a festival for children in many countries.
History of St. Nicholas Hospital
In May 1890, four members of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis arrived in Sheboygan. Father Strickner, a retired priest, welcomed them and made his home on the corner of Ninth Street and Superior Avenue available to them. This house became the first hospital. In honor of the patron saint and the pastor of Holy Name Church, Reverend Nicholas Thill, the sisters named the hospital St. Nicholas Hospital. Reverend Thill gave the sisters counseling, encouragement and help in planning the first hospital.
In 1971 a comprehensive review was conducted of the hospital and the needs of the community, which ultimately ended with the recommendation “for the construction of a new facility.” Groundbreaking for the new facility took place in the spring of 1976 on its present 24-acre site on Sheboygan’s west side.
Since that time, the St. Nicholas Hospital grounds have become a medical campus housing medical office buildings for Prevea Health and other physicians.