A New Future for St. Nicholas Center!
St. Nicholas Center is in a new partnership with Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) in Alexandria, Virginia. VTS, an Episcopal seminary founded in 1823, prepares women and men from around the world for both ordained and lay service in the church.
This exciting development assures a future for www.stnicholascenter.org. VTS is the premier source for Christian digital formation and St. Nicholas Center will become one of VTS Lifelong Learning online digital resources—resources equipping leaders for ministry.
Virginia Theological Seminary Lifelong Learning sites include:
- Building Faith with Church Year resources for children and more
- eformation an online learning community
- Digital Literacy for Ministry
- Baptized for Life an Episcopal discipleship initiative
- Thriving in Ministry
- Episcopal Teacher the research arm of Lifelong Learning
- Try Tank experimental laboratory
- Continuing Education
- Music, Liturgy & the Arts
We are honored to become a part of VTS’ digital outreach.
There is more!
Our museum-quality Who Is St. Nicholas? exhibit will have a permanent home in what will be the St. Nicholas Faith & Justice House on the campus of Virginia Theological Seminary.
The exhibit will be open to the public year around, enabling those who love St. Nicholas and those who wonder about St. Nicholas to learn more about this wonderful saint any time the seminary is open.
Moreover, St. Nicholas Faith & Justice House will feature more than our primary exhibit. Other parts of our extensive collection will rotate, complementing the central exhibit. Additionally, St. Nicholas concern for the weak and vulnerable will be an important part of the project. His stories and legends connect with current issues and call us to respond with advocacy, seeking justice for children, those who are hungry, trafficked, incarcerated, facing execution and inequality. Organizations whose work for justice extends St. Nicholas’ legacy will also be featured.
When he was a student, Phillips Brooks, a prominent 19th century Episcopal priest, graduate of VTS, and author of “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” lived on the top floor of what will be the St. Nicholas House. This forms a natural connection with Christmas and St. Nicholas, who is the Christmas saint. An extensive crèche collection will also be on display.
How can I help?
The most historic building on campus needs to be renovated to receive St. Nicholas. When finished it will have, in addition to exhibit space, a receptionist, event rooms, and offices. It is a BIG project.
For this to become a reality, funding is necessary. Almost 2/3 is already promised; more is needed.
Please consider contributing to Virginia Theological Seminary to make St. Nicholas House a reality. Gifts of any size are needed and appreciated. To give, click on the link below, then choose “other” for Designation, and put “St. Nicholas” into the blank “Other” field.
If you prefer to give through St. Nicholas Center, we’ll see that all contributions go towards this project.
St. Nicholas Center
109 West 12th Street
Holland, MI 49423
Thank you so much for your support. Your gifts will give St. Nicholas a permanent, visible home, enabling many to learn about this amazing saint and his care for others.
When can I visit?
When funding has been secured, construction will take place in 2022. St. Nicholas Faith & Justice House will open in 2023 as part of the VTS Bicentennial Celebration.