Mission Statement: M3 : Missions ~ Monasticism ~ Mana
SICA Foundation, derives its name from St. Seraphim of Sarov, St. Innocent of Alaska, St. Columcille of Iona, and St. Andrew, the First-Called Apostle, which when placed together form an acronym meaning “fig” in Greek, “sika”.
SICA Foundation is inspired by the missionary zeal and love for all humanity demonstrated in the lives of these four Orthodox Christian saints; and like these saints, SICA Foundation’s charitable purpose is dedicated to furthering the spiritual and material well-being of mankind and his environs.
SICA Foundation achieves this by providing for humanitarian and social charitable programs, as well as Orthodox Christian monasticism, mission, and liturgical life.
SICA Foundation recognizes that the common problem of man is death, and SICA Foundation tries to alleviate this physical and spiritual death through the advancement of missions, monasticism, and “mana” (the physical condition of man and his environment). Providing for missions promotes the salvation of the world; providing for monasticism and churches promotes prayer; and providing for “mana” provides for the physical sustenance and sufficiency of mankind and his environment.
SICA Foundation provides this “mana” or material succour to her fellow man, irrespective of faith, by providing for charitable works directly and indirectly in order to respond to the crying poverty and human misery caused by war, famine, natural disaster, economic crisis, economic poverty, and lack of basic means of existence by providing for immediate aid and relief and subsequent redevelopement, hygiene, health, economic self-sufficiency, infrastructure, and basic material human needs, as well as protecting and improving the environment that sustains mankind.
SICA Foundation provides for the “salvation and spiritual nurture” of her fellow man by providing for Orthodox Christian missions and churches, and the development and enrichment of the Orthodox faith and liturgical life.
SICA Foundation provides for the development of “prayer for the life of the world” by providing for Orthodox Christian monasteries and churches, iconography or “windows into heaven”, byzantine chant, and the education and advancement of the Orthodox Faith and Culture.
SICA Foundation can provide this robust spiritual and material succour by garnering public support from all those called to compunction for the suffering of their fellow man, and moved to action but without knowing how to help; SICA Foundation seeks to bridge this gap between those who desire to help and those who require the help of their fellow man to regain spiritual and material well-being.
SICA Foundation’s mission is carried out by promoting leadership and development in the following areas:
Mission – missionary societies, mission trips, mission programs, mission development
Monasticism and the Orthodox Faith – monastery and church beautification and structural support, development of iconography, Byzantine chant, religious education, seminaries, evangelism
Mana – physical and environmental welfare of mankind and the environment that sustains us, specifically:
Natural disasters – Relief in the wake of hurricanes, typhoons, earthquakes, floods, fires, tornados, tsunamis
Economic disasters – Relief from housing market crisis, development help, providing for self-sufficiency through promoting micro-finance credit, women industry development
Crises caused by the ravages of war – humanitarian assistance and needs created by conflicts and war, post-conflict redevelopment, rebuilding, aid to displaced persons and refugees, restoring health and hygiene, promoting the peace process
Economic development – hospitals, micro-finance, healthcare, infrastructure, clean water, sanitation and treatment, schools, education
Social Welfare – orphanages, elderly, poor, homeless, disease prevention and treatment, disabled, mental health, alcohol and drug rehabilitation and dependency treatment and intervention training
By providing for these diverse needs facing humanity today, SICA Foundation strives to leave the world better than we found it.
St. Seraphim of Sarov, was a Russian Heiromonk (priest-monk) who was a solitary in the dense forests of Sarov, Russia in the 18th century. St. Seraphim founded a women’s monastery at Diveyevo and provided food in times of famine to the local inhabitants. St. Seraphim became one of the foremost personalities of Russia in his lifetime, drawing thousands to him for counseling and spiritual guidance and he is still regarded as a great inspiration and intercessor throughout the world today.
St. Innocent of Alaska, Apostle to America, is an 19th century Russian Orthodox missionary from Irkutsk who traveled throughout Siberia and Alaska as a priest and missionary with his family. In addition to being a father confessor, he defended the native Alaskans against abuses by the Russian-American Company, preserved many of the native dialects of Alaska and Siberia, and was one of the foremost ethnographers of the Aleutian Chain. St. Innocent eventually became Metropolitan of Moscow and founded a Russian Missionary Society that provided for missions and charity, raising money from contributions by the public all throughout Russia. As part of his missionary work, St. Innocent also provided the foremost grammar of Aleut still utilized today.
St. Columcille is a 6th century Celtic Saint from Ireland who was a missionary and Apostle to Scotland, where he founded a monastery on the Isle of Iona, providing charity and evangelism to the local Pictish tribes and the various kings of Scotland. His monastery contributed heavily to the advancement of the arts, and is reputed to have produced the Book of Kells. Monks from Iona were eventually sent throughout Western Europe to evangelize the Germans and other barbarian tribes inhabiting Europe in the 6th Century.
St. Andrew, the First-called Apostle, was a fisherman and is the brother of St. Peter the Apostle and one of the twelve disciples of Christ. St. Andrew became a fisher of men and went as a missionary to such cities as Byzantium, Kiev, and Patras, where he was crucified on an “X” shaped cross. St. Andrew is therefore the patron saint of Greece, Russia, and Scotland (after his relics were later brought there). The Scottish name “Ross”, as in Betsy Ross, our own American patriot, is a derivative of the Gaelic “an’reas” or “followers of St. Andrew”.
Each Saint represents a region of the world spanning the centuries from the first century to the 19th century. It is SICA Foundation’s goal to continue the charitable and missionary work of great saints such as these. Therefore, SICA Foundation is dedicated to charitable work within the tax exempt meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, including providing for missionary work and charitable support to the poor, destitute, downtrodden, disadvantaged, elderly, ill, and those suffering and in need due to natural disasters, crisis, and war.