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𝐅𝐀𝐂𝐓𝐒 𝐀𝐁𝐎𝐔𝐓 𝐒𝐀𝐈𝐍𝐓
Nicholas was born at Oxford, England. He became a carpenter or builder and served the Jesuit priests in England for two decades by constructing hiding places for them in mansions throughout the country. He became a Jesuit lay brother in 1580, and was arrested in 1594 with Father John Gerard, and despite prolonged torture would not give the names of any of his Catholic colleagues; he was released on the payment of a ransom by a wealthy Catholic. Nicholas is believed responsible for Father Gerard’s dramatic escape from the Tower of London in 1597. Nicholas was again arrested in 1606 with Father Henry Garnet, who he had served eighteen years, Father Oldcorne, and Father Oldcorne’s servant, Brother Ralph Ashley, and imprisoned in the Tower of London. Nicholas was subjected to such vicious torture that he died of it on March 2nd. He was known as Little John and Little Michael and used the aliases of Andrews and Draper. He was canonized by Pope Paul VI in 1970 as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales. His feast is March 22nd.
𝘓𝘦𝘵 𝘶𝘴 𝘢𝘴𝘬 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘱𝘢𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘯 𝘚𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘵 𝘕𝘪𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘢𝘴 𝘖𝘸𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘰 𝘱𝘳𝘢𝘺 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘶𝘴, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘱 𝘶𝘴 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘩𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘮𝘶𝘤𝘩 𝘸𝘦 𝘮𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘴𝘦𝘦𝘬 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘭𝘥𝘭𝘺 𝘱𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘴𝘦, 𝘯𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘣𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘎𝘰𝘥’𝘴 𝘩𝘪𝘨𝘩 𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘦𝘮. 𝘓𝘰𝘳𝘥, 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘶𝘴. 𝘓𝘰𝘳𝘥 𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴𝘭𝘺 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘶𝘴.