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Mission, Vision & Values

St Nicholas Institute, School For Santas, Training Santa InstituteThe St. Nicholas Institute will be conducted from Monday, October 5th through Thursday, October 8th, 2015 at St. Paul's Retreat Center, Detroit, MI.

As a non-profit organization, all profits realized from the institute benefit the ministry of Sacred Heart Byzantine Catholic Church, Livonia, MI.


St. Nicholas Institute encourages openness to the Self-same Holy Spirit who animated the life of historic person of St. Nicholas of Myra; the original "Santa Claus.”. Consequently, SNI seeks to promote the ongoing education and spiritual formation of those who wish to attain a deeper insight and knowledge into the real-life identity of this much-loved, yet generally misunderstood, friend of children, the marginalized and the forgotten..


Each October, the St. Nicholas Institute conducts its multi-day seminar designed to empower faith-filled candidates from all parts of North America, who seek to bring to life an authentic portrayal of St. Nicholas and/or his "elfin" Santa Claus within a wide variety of venues; whether they be religious or secular. Educational and spiritual development opportunities, inspired by the example of this wonderfully committed Christian figure, are available to both children and adults. These offerings include: LIVE St. Nicholas one-man performances, family-friendly DVD, television and radio productions, and likewise pilgrimages to the actual sites in Asia Minor associated with the life of the historic bishop of Myra.


Nicholas as Our Model

Inspired by the selfless life of St. Nicholas of Myra, and the noble traditions associated with him, we seek to affirm the dignity of all persons as unique, unrepeatable gifts from God as we embody the joy and peace that flows from the Babe born in Bethlehem. 

Openness to the "Christmas Spirit"

Since the "Christmas Spirit" and the Holy Spirit are one in the same, we continually pray that we may be open to the very Selfsame Source that animated the life of the original "Santa Claus"; St. Nicholas. 

Exercising Compassion

As spiritual successors of St. Nicholas, we exercise a special compassion for: the poor (material or spiritual poverty), the orphaned, the sick, the marginalized and the forgotten. 

Love for Children

Whether dressed in the guise of the benevolent bishop from Myra or a fur clad "elf", we will treat each and every child (and "the young at heart") with the same integrity, sensitivity and unconditional love that characterize "jolly old St. Nicholas".

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