Saint Nicholas of Tolentino | Unofficially the patron saint of vegans and vegetarians

Saint Nicholas of Tolentino

Unofficially the patron saint of vegans and vegetarians

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Another saint for the modern age is St. Nicholas, unofficially the patron saint of vegans and vegetarians. St. Nicholas, an Augustinian friar, took a vow not to eat meat. He was known as a kind, gentle man who performed many miracles, such as curing the blind and sick and raising the dead. 

Once when he was gravely ill, the Blessed Mother appeared to him and told him he’d be cured if he ate bread dipped in water. He did as she instructed and recovered. Thereafter he gave bread dipped in water to the sick, and today, certain Augustinian monasteries practice the blessing of St. Nicholas bread.

There are several stories of miracles related to his vegetarianism. Once when he was presented with a dish of chicken, he prayed over his plate and the chickens flew out the window. In another version of this story, the chickens transformed into roasted vegetables.

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