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TORRINGTON, CT (SZS) Yesterday, Bishop Kucharek joined many other Bishops around the world in signing and sealing an official letter authorizing the visit of Bishop Nicholas of Myra to function on his visit to congregations across the Slovak Zion Synod.

Nicholas (270-343 A.D.) was the Bishop of Myra (a Greek maritime city) during the time of the Holy Roman Empire. Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he was more popularly known as Nicholas the Wonderworker. Following his canonization, he became the patron saint of sailors, merchants, archers, repentant thieves, prostitutes, children, brewers, pawnbrokers, and students in various cities and countries around Europe. His reputation evolved among the faithful, as was common for early Christian saints, and his legendary habit of secret gift-giving gave rise to the traditional model of Santa Claus (“Saint Nick”).

Bishop Kucharek’s letter authorizing his visit can be viewed here. May you follow the example of this Saint and be a gift unto others as you celebrate the Gift that the birth of the Christ child is to you.

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