While little is known about his life, other than his works, it is clear that Nicholas never took formal vows. However, during his work for first Saint Edmund Campion, and later Fathers Garnet and Gerard, Nicholas was schooled in the Jesuit traditions. He was made a lay brother of the order in 1577, and served both priests throughout his life.
Father Garnet, who himself had employed Nicholas in building hiding places, described him in 1596 as “a carpenter of singular faithfulness and skill who has traveled through almost the entire kingdom and, without charge, has made for Catholic priests hiding places where they might shelter the fury of heretical searchers. If money is offered him by way of payment he gives it to his two brothers; one of them is a priest, the other a layman in prison for his faith.”
Father Gerard wrote of him, "I verily think no man can be said to have done more good of all those who labored in the English vineyard. He was the immediate occasion of saving the lives of many hundreds of persons, both ecclesiastical and secular."
Prayer Requests: Week 11
During this week, the most holiest of weeks, please join me in lifting the following intentions submitted through this blog, to Our Lord and Savior, through the intercession of Our Blessed Mother:
End to loneliness, renewed relationship with God (G, United Kingdom); Successful employment for a husband (S, USA-NM); Successful employment for a son (J, India); For resolution to difficulties at work for daughter (B, Ireland); Healing of relationships, justice (J, Australia); Healing for a brother-in-law (D, United Arab Emirates); Successful employment for a son (D, USA-MA); Successful academic studies and examinations (L, India); Stable employment, end to suffering, healing, family strength, financial security (S, South Africa); Blessings upon a family, health for a newborn daughter, employment for husband (M, India); For the prayers of the faithful (L, Canada); Financial security, blessings upon a family (A, India); Healing of a father (J, USA-IN); Healing of a father (N, Australia); Blessings upon a suffering world (J, USA-CA); Healing of a friend with cancer (C, USA-GA); Healing (M, USA-OH); Healing of a friend (J, USA-CA); Successful employment for one who is struggling (D, India); Safety of those serving overseas, strength in relationships, health of those who are pregnant (C, USA-FL); Successful employment, financial security (S, USA-KS); For an improved relationship with God (C, Nigeria); Resolution to difficult legal situation, finding joy in work, end to depression (J, USA-MO); Blessings upon a sister (E, Nigeria); Successful employment (L, USA-LA).