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.
Recent weather has had a profound effect upon multiple communities in the Philippines. We are currently working on gathering donations in order to provide financial assistance, as well as to ship crates of bottled water and rice (and other non perishables) to the Philippines in order to aid in the recovery effort. Evacuees need some potable water, blankets, medicines, clothing and food (rice, noodles and some canned foods). So many things, even lumber and nails are needed to rebuild their homes, makeshift huts and shanties. We are also sending financial aid directly to Father Abe in the form of Philippine Pesos to subsidize the expenses of his community in Cagayan de Oro City. To make To make a donation of any amount, please click the button below.
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.