Mission, Vision & Values
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,
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
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
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";
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.
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".
Living our Core
Values says: "Christmas"