Unique program sponsored by our Archdiocese:
In the Face of Racial Hatred:
Archbishop Iakovos and the Civil Rights Movement
Thursday, March 12, 2015 6-8 pm.
Lecture and discussion by
Rev. Protopresbyter Michael N. Varlamos
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church St. Claires Shore, Michigan
Ph.D. Candidate Wayne State University
to be held at the
Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity
337 East 74th Street, New York, NY 10021
(In the Cathedral Center)
Interfaith Relations Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Ameica
Date: March 4, 2015
ARCHBISHOP DEMETRIOS TO TRAVEL TO ALABAMA FOR THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF COMMEMORATION OF THE “MARCH ON SELMA”
NEW YORK – Archbishop Demetrios, the Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America will take part in the events commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the historic March on Selma, led by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in which Archbishop Iakovos of North and South America also participated, along with other civil rights leaders on March 15, 1965.
Archbishop Demetrios will arrive in Birmingham, Ala., on the evening of Thursday, March 5, 2015.
On Fri., March 6, 2015, the Archbishop will participate in a Press Conference to be held on the steps of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. He will also participate in the groundbreaking for the new Freedom Center (Human Rights Institute). In the evening, His Eminence will celebrate the Salutations to the Theotokos (Mother of God) at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Birmingham, Ala.
On Sat., March 7, 2015, Archbishop Demetrios of America will visit Selma, Ala., and join other civic and religious leaders at the historic Brown Chapel AME Church.
Early in the Morning of Sun., March 8, 2015, His Eminence will deliver remarks on God, Struggle, and Unity at the Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King Unity Breakfast. In the afternoon he will participate in the annual march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, commemorating “Bloody Sunday.”
The Greek Orthodox Church has always been an advocate for equality and continues to fight against racism, prejudice, discrimination and xenophobia with fervent love for God and all people. To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Selma, and to highlight the efforts of His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos of blessed memory to advance the Civil Rights Movement, the Holy Archdiocese has launched a website with a plethora of historical resources and announcements for upcoming events around this most important time in our nation’s history. Please visit: civilrights.goarch.org
AUTISM ASSISTANCE FUND
The Autism Assistance Fund was established in July 2008 at the National Biennial Convention in Washington, DC to enable Philoptochos to heighten awareness of autism and to provide assistance and support to persons within the autism spectrum.
February has been designated as the month to support this discretionary fund and with the generosity of our Chapters, we were able to disburse $14,000 in 2014. These funds covered educational services that help improve the communication and relationship skills of a child, youth or adult, expenses which are otherwise not covered under health insurance plans.
Please open your hearts this February and support our National Philoptochos Autism Assistance Fund by sending your donation to the National Philoptochos Society earmarked Autism Assistance Fund.
SAINT PHOTIOS SHRINE
This year the St. Photios Shrine celebrates the 33rd anniversary of its dedication. Saint Photios, the Great Patriarch of Constantinople, for whom the Shrine is named, was prophetic and eager to proclaim the Gospel to the ends of the earth. Thus the Saint Photios Shrine is the “Jewel of St. George Street” in St. Augustine, Florida and remains the “Beacon of Greek Orthodoxy in America.”
The encyclical of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios will be read in all Church parishes and the Philoptochos Chapters in our communities will collect funds for the continued progress of fulfilling the mission of the shrine – to witness our Orthodox faith while sharing our Hellenic culture with the thousands of people who visit yearly.
In 2014, the National Philoptochos Society donated $25,750 from the ministry commitment funds collected through our February drive. In support of the Saint Photios Shrine in February 2015, we encourage our Chapters to send a discretionary commitment to the National Philoptochos Office and attend the Pilgrimage Celebrations celebrating the 33rd Anniversary of the Shrine’s dedication.
Through the united efforts of our Chapters and with your generous donations, our Shrine will continue to illumine all in the Holy Orthodox faith.
St. Photios Chair
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
Welcome to our web site!
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