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2019 Seminar & Spiritual Retreat Schedule

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8th Annual St. Nicholas Institute Retreat & Seminar
Monday, September 30th thru Thursday, October 3rd, 2019
Conducted at the Beautifully Serene Atmosphere of
St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center

(23333 Schoolcraft, Detroit, MI 48223)

Join St. Nicholases, Santa, Mrs. Claus Professionals and Serious Amateurs From Across North America

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St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center, Detroit, MI

St. Nicholas Institute is the one-of-a-kind spiritual retreat and educational symposium uniquely designed with the professional St. Nicholas, Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and the serious amateur in mind.

Conducted each October in the beautifully serene setting of Detroit’s St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center, the multi-day St. Nicholas Institute represents a refreshing change of pace for “men and women in red.” Institute participants will experience: informative seminar sessions presented by knowledgeable speakers representing diverse fields of expertise. As an added plus, there opportunities for private reflection and/or prayer, recreation, welcome periods for relaxation and/or “siestas.”  This balanced combination of a spiritual retreat and informative seminar is held within a warm, quiet environment, encouraging mutual sharing, socializing and building comradery with other faith-based men and women who recognize that "Jesus is", indeed, "the reason for the Season."

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(The official schedule is distributed upon arrival at St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center)

The St. Nicholas Institute is open to all Mrs. Clauses, St. Nicholases and/or  Santa Clauses (traditionally bearded or theatrically bearded “St. Nicks”) from all Christian backgrounds (Eastern Orthodox Christians, Protestants, as well as Roman and Eastern Catholics). Our unique program is designed to effectively portray Santa Claus and St. Nicholas for a wide variety of venues (both secular and religious). Special attention is given that encourages prayerful openness to the very same Spirit that animated the life and actions of the original "jolly old St. Nicholas", whose heart was made glad by the Babe born in Bethlehem.


Fr. Joseph Marquis, founder and executive director St. Nicholas Institute

Fr. Joseph is the pastor of Sacred Heart Byzantine Catholic Church, Livonia, MI. Possessing over 45 years of professional Santa Claus / St. Nicholas experience. During the course of his four and-one-half decades of experience, he has brought “St. Nick” to life for both national and local media during LIVE broadcasts. These include CBS (Television Network) broadcasts of the legendary J.L. Hudson & Company Thanksgiving Day Parade, which were Detroit’s worthy rival to New York City’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. He’s likewise featured as Santa in print, television and radio commercials. His recognitions include: an Emmy Award winning Santa, judged “Super Santa” by The Detroit News, and is also a member of the Santa Claus Hall of Fame. Most recently, Marquis appeared as both St. Nicholas and Santa Claus, accompanied by six puppet characters of his own, for the children’s Christmas DVD, “Saint to Santa: How St. Nicholas Became Santa Claus.”. Fr. Joseph has been regularly seen on EWTN (Global Catholic Television Network).

Rev. Rennie Kaufmann, associate director, St. Nicholas Institute, is the pastor of Risen Christ Lutheran Church, Plymouth, MI. A true "Renaissance Man" in the field of entertainment, he has distinguished himself professionally in a wide variety of venues for more than two-and-one half decades. His long list of credits include: numerous private parties hosted by Oprah Winfrey, working with the legendary Quincy Jones, musical presentations at Walt Disney World in addition to countless appearances on television and radio. Pastor Rennie’s musical and performing gifts offer added pizzazz during the Institute seminars and as the featured vocalist for the gala St. Nicholas Institute Awards Banquet.

Guest Instructors, St. Nicholas Institute. We gratefully acknowledge the contributions made by volunteer professional instructors who generously donate their individual time and talents in order to make the St. Nicholas Institute possible. Click here for a non-exhaustive list of some guest instructors.

8th Annual St. Nicholas Institute Monday, September 30th thru Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

Conducted at the Beautifully Serene Atmosphere of St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center, Detroit, MI

REGISTER ONLINE NOW!

Click on the Enroll Now button below to register online.

DOWNLOAD A REGISTRATION FORM


Click here to download an offline registration form

SAVE $60.00 IF YOU REGISTER NO LATER THAN Friday, August 10, 2019

Early Bird Registration (Save $60) $615.00 (per person) A non-refundable deposit of $250.00 is due at time of registration.

Early-Bird Registration balance of $365.00 is due upon arrival at St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center on Monday, September 30, 2019.

$675.00 (per person) After Aug. 10, 2019

A non-refundable deposit of $250.00 is due at time of registration.

The Registration balance of $425.00, due upon arrival at St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center on Monday, October 1, 2019.


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