I am a lifelong Central Illinois resident and a parishioner of All Saints Greek Orthodox Church in Peoria. My wife's parents are immigrants from a small village outside Athens. My wife (Maria) and I have two young sons, Christian age 4 and Dimitrios age 3. I am also a member of Chicago Metropolitan Council.
Humility: The Key to the Kingdom
JUSTICE, IL: Over 165 members of the Metropolis of Chicago chapters of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society gathered Saturday at the Holy Cross Church in Justice for their annual Lenten Retreat. While many Christians observed the Easter holiday this weekend, for Orthodox Christians the season of Great Lent is just underway (Orthodox celebrate Easter on May 1 this year). This annual event is a highlight for the Philoptochos (“lovers of the poor”) members gathered in fellowship and focusing on spiritual themes.
The retreat’s theme, “Humility: The Key to the Kingdom,” was concurrently introduced in both Greek, by Father Stamatios Sfikas of Annunciation Cathedral in Chicago, and in English by Father Timothy Sas of Twelve Holy Apostles Church in Duluth, Minnesota.
His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago joined the gathering midday to express his appreciation for the Philoptochos Society and the great work they do for the Metropolis of Chicago. The event, hosted by the Holy Cross Church and its pastor Father Demetri Kounavis, was co-chaired by Christina Hiotis of Holy Trinity Church in Chicago, Carol Stamas of the Assumption Church in Lincolnshire, and Marilyn Tzakis of the St. Andrew Church in Chicago.
The Metropolis of Chicago Philoptochos Board, under the leadership of Pam Argyris of St. Sophia Church in Elgin, IL, coordinates the local Metropolis of Chicago parish chapters of the National Greek Orthodox Ladies’ Philoptochos Society, the primary philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox Church in the United States. You can find more information on the Metropolis of Chicago Philoptochos at www.Chicago.GOArch.org/Philoptochos
The Metropolis of Chicago oversees all Greek Orthodox parishes within Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, as well as large portions of Missouri and Indiana. You can find more information on the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago at www.Chicago.GOArch.org.
LEARN ABOUT PHILOPTOCHOS
The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society is the philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America with 26,000 members nationwide. Philoptochos responds immediately to needs and crises and its philanthropic outreach extends to each area of the country and throughout the world. In 2015, National Philoptochos distributed $1.737 million in philanthropic aid.
The Philoptochos’s major philanthropic initiatives are worth learning more about including: Feeding the Hungry: 250,000 Meals, Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine at the World Trade Center, and National Philoptochos Children’s Medical Fund.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL PHILOPTOCHOS SOCIETY
The National Philoptochos Society mission is to charitable, benevolent and philanthropic outreach to preserve the sanctity of life and family and to perpetuate and promote our Orthodox faith and traditions.” The organization is led by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Chairman, His Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zela, Spiritual Advisor, Maria Logus, President, Arlene Siavelis Kehl, First Vice President, Evangeline Mekras Scurtis, Second Vice President, Jeannie Ranglas, Third Vice President, Christine Karavites, Secretary, Martha Stefanidakis, Treasurer, Georgia Vlitas, Assistant Treasurer and Aphrodite Skeadas, Advisor. The organization’s Director is Helen Lavorata.
- The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, Inc. is the philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America that has offered eighty-five years of philanthropy through a multitude of programs that make a difference in the lives of people in the United States and throughout the world. The Society was established in November 1931, by the late Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras I, who was then serving as Archbishop of North and South America.
- Philoptochos fulfills its mission to “help the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widowed, those with disabilities and the victims of disasters through its National and Metropolis Boards and its 26,000 members and more than 400 active chapters, nationwide.
- His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America called Philoptochos, “an army of nobility and the jewel of our Church.”
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