National Philoptochos Biennial Convention Convenes in July

National Philoptochos Biennial Convention Convenes in July


This summer, the Philoptochos chapters across the US are returning to Nashville, Tennessee for the 2016 National Philoptochos Biennial Convention from July 3-8 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in conjunction with the 43rd Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress.  Philoptochos’ achievements over the past year are a staggering total of $1.74 million in disbursements in addition to philanthropic services provided by the Metropolises and more than 400 chapters nationwide,

The overarching theme for Clergy-Laity Congress and Philoptochos Biennial Convention selected by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America, “YOU ARE THE VOICE OF CHRIST IN A CHANGING WORLD,  As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” (John 20:21) sets the tone for the program. In keeping with the theme, the convention’s chairs, Irene Arsoniadis and Theone Dickos, and their committees have prepared an innovative, interactive, educational program for spiritual growth, fellowship and service to commemorate the 85th Anniversary of the founding of the Philoptochos Society.

Two highlights of the convention will be honoring the winners of the National and AGAPE (All Generations Accomplishing Philanthropic Endeavors) Awards presentation at a special breakfast.  Each recipient will be honored for demonstrating their tireless dedication to their chapter, thinking outside the box, and for inspiring and enhancing Philoptochos’ vision through her leadership abilities.

Another highlight at the convention will be the announcement of the number of meals that were prepared and served by Philoptochos chapters across the United States as part of the Feeding the Hungry program. Word has it that the numbers have escalated well beyond the goal of 250,000 meals to be served by July 3, 2016.

A visit by 2016 Miss America, Betty Cantrell, will be the cherry on the cake and a testimony to the fostering of generations spanning 85 years of philanthropic work by Greek Orthodox women of faith.

For Maria Logus, the National Philoptochos President, it is all about Philanthropy, Fellowship and Faith in Action, “our schedule is packed”, she beckons.  “…we’ll participate in a joint effort with the Clergy-Laity Congress to prepare 25,000 meals for hungry children in the United States and Greece, we’ll gather at Nashville’s own Parthenon, and enjoy a southern style barbecue. And to celebrate the Fourth of July, there’s a cruise on a Showboat, culminating with fireworks on the Cumberland River.”

Confident that each delegate will find the convention a truly exceptional experience, she looks forward to greeting Philoptochos Sisters in Christ throughout the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and to recommit once again to the mission of faith, fellowship and philanthropy.


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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 $1.74 million in philanthropic aid.

The Philoptochos’s major philanthropic initiatives are worth learning more about including:  Feeding the Hungry: 250,000 MealsSaint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine at the World Trade Center, and National Philoptochos Children’s Medical Fund.


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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