The mission of Saint Stylianos Orthodox Children’s Charities Inc. is to promote medical treatment of pediatric catastrophic diseases [and their predominant causes] throughout the world in the spirit of Christ’s love. “Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” (Matthew 25:40) This is accomplished through the raising of funds and charitable donations and distribution of those funds to verifiable medical causes without discrimination.
If a man never stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child, then Stylianos the Hermit was a towering figure of Christianity who cannot be dwarfed by any of our spiritual giants. He practiced every day of his lifetime what Jesus preached when He said, “Suffer the little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of God.” (Luke 10:14). His great concern for children was such that he came to be considered the patron saint of children, but he did not limit his benevolence to children alone, as his life story bears out.
Stylianos was to become the patron saint of children yet to be born, owing to stories of his miraculous intercession for a young woman who helped him with children but could bear none of her own. When the woman conceived, her husband out of sheer joy spread the word of this miracle, and before long many barren women came to the great hermit. Those whose faith in Jesus Christ was genuine became fertile. The cheerful countenance of Stylianos was his hallmark, because he was reported to always to be smiling. According to oral histories, he was approached by greedy mercenaries with all manner of propositions for commercializing his talents and reaping a tidy fortune, but for these people he always had the same answer: that he had been paid in advance for his services when the serenity of the Holy Spirit came upon him. He would smile as they left. He lived to a ripe old age, and it is said that when he was buried his countenance still beamed with a faint smile from the light of the Lord.
Holy Stylianos, thou wast a tower of abstinence and an unshaken pillar of the Church. Dedicated to God from thy youth, thou didst become a dwelling-place of the Spirit. O righteous Father, intercede with Christ our God to grant us His great mercy.