National Philoptochos Distributes Close to Half a Million Dollars to Aid People in Greece and Cyprus
New York, NY- The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society has always acted to alleviate suffering and provide solace for those most in need. In 2012, National Philoptochos turned to our brothers and sisters in Greece and Cyprus, affected by the severe economic crisis, and created the Aid to Greece and Cyprus Fund. To date, $450,000 has been disbursed through this fund to help Greeks, in Cyprus and Greece, affected by ongoing hardship.
New York, NY- On May 27, one day prior to World Hunger Day, members of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society will mark the occasion at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Manhattan, by assembling 12,000 meals in partnership with the Feeding Children Everywhere, an organization that provides materials to package individual nutritious meals. Hoping to engage families and communities in their philanthropic work, husbands, children and friends of Philoptochos members will join the women in this hands-on activity.
New York, NY- Philoptochos National Board and Chapter Members from throughout the Archdiocese of America joined His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Spiritual Advisor Bishop Sevastianos of Zela, National Philoptochos President Maria Logus, Esq. and National Past President and Advisor Aphrodite Skeadas on Saturday, November 1, 2014 to celebrate the Feast Day of Saints Cosmas and Damianos, the Patron Saints of the Philoptochos Society.
New York, NY- In honor of Andri Anastasiades, First Lady of the Republic of Cyprus, the Executive Board of the National Philoptochos Society hosted an afternoon tea on September 22 at the Philoptochos Center of Philanthropy. National President Aphrodite Skeadas, together with Direct Archdiocesan District Philoptochos President Jennifer Constantin and Metropolis of New Jersey Philoptochos President Anne Michals, welcomed Anastasiades and the Honorable Consul General of Cyprus, Ambassador Vasilios Philippou and his wife, Ann Philippou.
Anastasiades assumed the role of First Lady in February 2013, when her husband, Nicos Anastasiades was elected President of Cyprus after a long career as a Member of the House of Representatives. President Anastasiades was in New York to attend the 69th UN General Assembly.
The Philoptochos Literacy Outreach Program is designed to be an ongoing project that will promote literacy for children and adults through a “hands-on” program appropriate for all Philoptochos chapters. As Philoptochos members, we need to recognize the importance of literacy in the lives of children and adults in celebration of International Literacy Day, which is observed worldwide on September 8, 2014 and sponsored by the International Reading Association and the United Nations.
Your generous hearts serve in so many different capacities. Your good works demonstrate your love for humanity and “for the least of our brethren.” During this dire time that has befallen our brothers and sisters in Greece and Cyprus, Philoptochos wholeheartedly responded and supported through the Aid to Greece and Cyprus Campaign. We respectfully ask you to continue these good works on Sunday, September 28, 2014 in an effort designated as National Philoptochos Fellowship Sunday by once again hosting the Coffee Hour in your Parishes following the Divine Liturgy.
ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN FAMILY THE FOCUS OF 2014 NATIONAL PHILOPTOCHOS BIENNIAL CONVENTION
Philadelphia, PA- With a theme of “The Orthodox Christian Family: A Dwelling of Christ and a Witness of His Gospel,” chosen by Archbishop Demetrios of America, the 2014 National Philoptochos Biennial Convention was held in Philadelphia, PA from July 6 to 9, in conjunction with the 42nd Clergy-Laity Congress. A record number of delegates attended the biennial event with over 440 registered to represent the 27,000 Philoptochos stewards from across the United States. The Metropolis of New Jersey Philoptochos hosted the event in the City of Brotherly Love under the spiritual leadership of Metropolitan Evangelos.
From a moving video tribute to veterans created from the personal archives of Philoptochos stewards, to a panel discussion on mental health issues in the Greek Orthodox community, to an interactive discourse on the traditional Greek diet, "family" was front and center in the program, bolstered by the Orthodox faith.
On Sunday morning, delegates walked together to the nearby historic St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral to attend the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. Philoptochos Convention opening ceremonies commenced that afternoon with a prayer offered by Archbishop Demetrios of America and flags of both the United States and Greece presented by the Honor Guard VFW Eleftheria Post. National anthems of both countries were sung by the National Forum of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians.