Spring Lenten Retreat
On Saturday, March 14, the annual Spring Lenten Retreat was held at St. Demetrios Cathedral in Astoria. Over 127 Philoptochos women from the various chapters of our Diocese attended, as well as several members of the clergy.
“Finding Balance Between our Spiritual Life and our Everyday Responsibilies” was the theme of this retreat. Keynote speaker was Gerontissa Foteini, Abbess of All Saints Greek Orthodox Monetary in Calverton Long Island. After lunch, guest speaker Diane Kochilas addressed the group about our Greek food, as she has written in her newest book “Ikaria, Lessons on Food, Life and Longevity from the Greek Island where People Forgot to Die”.
Heartfelt congratulations to the speakers, the committee and the wonderful hosts, the Astoria Philoptochos women, who certainly did an outstanding job!
Cutting the traditional Vassilopita at the first meeting of the year of the Direct Archdiocesan District Board .
Board members included President Jenifer Constantin. Marina Katsoulis, Athina Beuary, Cathy Chrestatos, Marina Harrison, Bia George, Irene Panagos, Kathy Boulukos, Demi Btrountzas, Rose Koulouris, Stella Panagakos and Maria Skiadas.
His Grace, Bishop Andonios, won the coin!
“Agape Luncheon” a huge Success to Benefit the future home of S. Michael’s Home
Well over 600 people attended the ‘Agape Luncheon” to benefit the new home of St. Michaels Home at the L.I. Marriott in Uniondale, LI. The board of the Direct Archdiocesan district, along with many sister members of our Philoptochos, worked tirelessly to make this event a huge success.
To date, well over $l00,000 was made from this event from the raffles, tickets, and sponsors! This proved to be a wonderful example of support for this very important mission - to create a new home for our aged which will be multi- serviced for our seniors.
Included in the events of the afternoon was a wonderful presentation by Yvette Manessis Corporon, author of her book “When the Cypress Whispers”, which deals with the relationship of a woman and her grandmother. She spoke passionately about the importance of all of us talking and discussing our elders’ past and how we should all get to know their lives. The book is available at all book stores and on line at Amazon.com.
His Grace, Bishop Andonios of Phasiane, gave a thoughtful and meaningful talk about the role we all must face with our own aging parents. He explained the plans for the new home, and encouraged all to continue to support this major project. There were photographs and documents available for all to see the plans for this new home. He invited all to go to the home, after the close of the luncheon, to see the facilities, which was only l mile away, in Uniondale, NY. Many guests took him up on the invitation, took a tour, and were tremendously impressed.
His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios, gave us a wonderful, spirited presentation on our roles for working together to reach the goals of our Philoptochos. He related to his own background back in Thessaloniki, in relation to the author’s story about the connection of the Greek family and a Jewish family during the Second World War. His closing remarks included giving us an update about the St. Nicholas Shrine, and said we all must rally to make St. Nicholas truly unique.
The entire committee is to me congratulated for their tireless efforts to make this “Agape Luncheon” a memorable, successful event.
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Archbishop Demetrios Appoints Maria Logus, Esq. National Philoptochos President
For immediate release: October 22, 2014
New York, NY ‐ His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, announced the appointment of Maria Logus, Esq. of New York as the new National Philoptochos President at the inaugural meeting of the 2014‐2016 National Philoptochos Board held on October 17 atthe Hilton Hotel in New York. Archbishop Demetrios praised Miss Logus for her commitment and service to Philoptochos and the Church.
National President Maria Logus is a lifelong resident of the New York City borough of Brooklyn and parishioner at Kimisis Tis Theotokou Church. She is currently a lawyer for the New York State Unified Court System, and has had three decades of legal experience. She studied at New York University and Brooklyn Law School.
She joined Philoptochos at age 18, following in the footsteps of her grandmother, and her mother, who held several positions in the organization. In 1986, Archbishop Iakovos of North and South America of blessed memory appointed Miss Logus to the Philoptochos National Board in the role of Parliamentarian. Multiple leadership roles followed, including Chair for two National Conventions and First Vice President under Presidents Mimi Skandalakis, Eve Condakes, and Georgia Skeadas. She was President of the Board of Saint Basil’s Academy for several years and served on the boards of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and St. Michael’s Home.
Her paternal grandparents hail from Constantinople and her maternal grandparents are from the island Limnos.
On accepting the appointment and the charge of Archbishop Demetrios, President Logus states, “Our National Board is blessed with a dynamic group of women. I look forward to working with all of them to advance the values and the mission of the Philoptochos Society. We will embrace new members as we continue to give honor to our founders.”
Other members of the Executive Board include: Arlene Siavelis Kehl, First Vice President; Evangeline Mekras Scurtis, Second Vice President; Jeannie Ranglas, Third Vice President; Christine Karavites, Secretary; Martha Stefanidakis, Treasurer; and Georgia Vlitas, Assistant Treasurer. In advisory positions are Anita Kartalopoulos, Esq., Legal Advisor; Maria Stavropoulos, Protocol Officer; and Irene Steffas, Esq., Parliamentarian.
The new National Philoptochos Board members are :
Photographs from the GALA 70TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION FOR
ST. BASIL ACADEMY
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A very special day for our National Philoptochos:
the official opening of The Philoptochos Center of Philanthropy
On March 1, 2014, women from across America gathered in New York City to celebrate the opening of our new home: The Philoptochos Center of Philanthropy. Many of the women were here for their National Philoptochos Board meeting, but others who were present came from the various sister chapters in our Direct Archdiocesan District and beyond.
The day began with a glorious service at the Cathedral on 74th Street, officiated by His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios. It was followed by a beautiful reception hosted by the Cathedral Philoptochos Women.
At l:30, members, guests and dignitaries gathered in front of our Philoptochos Center, located on East 37 Street, for the ribbon - cutting ceremonies, officiated by His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios. We all were then ushered into the new home and had a close up view of the beautiful Donation Tree, adorned with hundreds of leaves. Each leaf is inscribed with the name of the donor chapter or individual who contributed towards the purchase of this center.
A blessing service was conducted by His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios. It was followed with brief remarks given by our National President, Apthrodite Skeadas, the two Co Chairmen: Kathy Gabrial and Maria Stavropoulos, and His Grace Bishop Savastianos. The program ended with refreshments.
The pictures below date back to the previous reception that was held prior to the formal opening of our Philoptochos Center.
Celebrating the opening of the Philoptochos Center of Philanthropy on November 1, 2013
It is located at 126 East 37th Street, New York City
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The mission of Philoptochos: "to aid the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widowed, the handicapped, the victims of disasters, to undertake the burial of impoverished persons and to offer assistance to anyone who may need the help of the Church."
left to right:
Helen Misthos, Mary Floratos, Kathy Boulukos, Stella Panagakos
Rose Kouluris, Mary Demas, Athina Beaury, Marina Katsoulils
Irene Panagos, Demi Broutzas, Cathty Chrestatos, Bia George
Georgeanne Papadakos, Jennifer Constantin, Rebecca Boutiskoudis, Stella Capiris
Maria Skiadas, Past President, DAD, Marina Harrison, Presbytera Paula Strouzas
below: Maria Skiadas, Marina Harrison and Presbytera Paula Strouzas