National Philoptochos Board Fall Meeting 2015- Brookline, MA
The Fall meeting of the National Philoptochos Board was held on Friday, October 30, 2015 in Brookline, Massachusetts in the Archbishop Iakovos Library located on the campus of Hellenic College Holy Cross School of Theology.
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America joined the meeting and addressed the National Board on a number of topics including his recent visit with Pope Francis I at the Ground Zero Memorial, the work of IOCC in Syria and his visit to Greece that included a tour of an after-school center for children.
President Logus updated the Board on recent news, including the plan to continue the Feeding the Hungry Initiative at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in New York on Thanksgiving Day. Committees gave reports on their recent work.
In their update of initiatives to support the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine, committee Tri-Chairs Jennifer Constantin, Arlene Siavelis Kehl and Anne Michals announced a recent large contribution, and presented a check for $400,000 to His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios as part of the National Philoptochos pledge for the building of the church and shrine.
National Philoptochos Board Winter Meeting 2015- Coral Gables, FL
The National Board of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society convened for its winter meeting on Friday, January 23 and Saturday, February 24, 2015 at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Florida. The gathering was of significance as it was the first full meeting presided over by newly appointed National President Maria Logus.
The meeting commenced with the prayer of St. Ephraim and a spiritual reflection offered by National Philoptochos Spiritual Advisor, His Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zela.
President Logus welcomed the members to Florida and thanked His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios, Metropolis of Atlanta Philoptochos President Dee Nicolaou and the entire Atlanta Metropolis for their gracious hospitality. President Logus then presented her report and shared her vision for the next two years.
National Philoptochos Board Summer Meeting 2014- Philadelphia, PA
The National Philoptochos Board convened in Philadelphia, PA on July 5th prior to the opening of the 2014 National Philoptochos Biennial Convention located in the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.
His Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zela, Spiritual Advisor of Philoptochos, offered the opening prayer to the women of the Philoptochos Society who had come from across the country to join together at this final meeting of the 2012-2014 National Board.
National Philoptochos President Aphrodite Skeadas welcomed the National Board and gave greetings from the “City of Brotherly Love,” as well as the “City of Sisterly Agape.”
National Philoptochos Board Fall Meeting 2013 - Pittsburgh, PA
The National Philoptochos Board convened in Pittsburgh, PA for their fall meeting on October 11, 2013 at the Fairmont Pittsburgh Hotel.
His Eminence Metropolitan Savas warmly and graciously welcomed to the Metropolis of Pittsburgh His Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zela, the National Philoptochos Spiritual Advisor, and the National Board.
The well-attended meeting brought women together from around the country to the location of the 14th Biennial Children’s Medical Fund Luncheon. Chaired by National President Aphrodite Skeadas, the meeting included reports from Committee Chairs on the progress of numerous ministries, as well as a glimpse at the extraordinary planning by the Chairs for the 2014 National Philoptochos Convention to be held in Philadelphia, PA from July 6th-10th, 2014. Compelling fundraising efforts throughout the country led by the National Philoptochos Board members, to benefit our brethren in Greece and Cyprus, have been greatly successful. These efforts will continue as each Board member who has not yet participated has pledged to personally sponsor an event.
National Philoptochos Board Spring Meeting 2013 - Brookline, MA
His Grace Bishop Sevastianos shares the Prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian
Human Trafficking Forum - Guest Speaker, Christina Bain, Director, Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Carr Center for Human Rights, Harvard Kennedy School
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Guest Speaker, Nia Vardalos speaks about her new book, "Instant Mom" and her journey to motherhood.
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National Philoptochos Board of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society Holds First Meeting of 2013 in Tampa, Florida
Date: February 1, 2013
New York, NY - Convening for the first time in 2013, the National Philoptochos Board of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society held its winter meeting on January 17 and 18 in Tampa, Florida. In celebration of the New Year and in commemoration of the Feast of St. Basil the Great, His Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zela, Spiritual Advisor of Philoptochos, after offering the opening prayer cut the Vasilopita and conveyed His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios’ blessings.
National Philoptochos President Aphrodite Skeadas welcomed the National Board and gave a stirring recap of the devastation in the wake of Super Storm Sandy and the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, both of which called upon the Philoptochos Sisterhood to respond quickly with support and prayer. The Hurricane Sandy relief effort is ongoing as support is still needed by so many whose lives have been dramatically altered by the storm. An Adopt-A-Family program has been established by the National Philoptochos Disaster Relief Committee and is a means by which Chapters throughout the country can offer direct support.
The Focus of Philoptochos is its Mission
We, the National Board of Philoptochos, for the term 2012-2014, humbly, gratefully and respectfully accept Your Eminence’s charge to represent the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
We do so in thanksgiving of the Lord’s blessings and pledge our assistance to those less privileged. We shall minister with compassion and dignity to the vulnerable and provide lifting to the disadvantaged and friendship to the disenfranchised.
Our choices and actions on earth will be how we are judged by God to be with Him in the Heavenly Kingdom.
And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me’. Matthew 25:40
The focus of Philoptochos is its mission. We are principled to foster love, endorse good will, and sustain the inherited noble Philoptochos tradition by creating programs in response to newly arisen social crises we face in contemporary society.
Summary of National Board Meetings
Bishop Sevastianos Of Zela Named National Philoptochos Advisor
National Philoptochos President Aphrodite Skeadas convened the Spring National Board Meeting in Atlanta, GA on March 16, 2012.