Inspired by the National Philoptochos Society, the Orthodox Christian Network will be featuring the outstanding charitable, benevolent and philanthropic outreach of this organization to preserve the sanctity of life and family and to perpetuate and promote our Orthodox Christian faith and traditions. Please join us in raising awareness for their countless acts of kindness, and we invite you to learn more about the National Philoptochos Society.
NATIONAL PHILOPTOCHOS DONATES $400,000
TO ST. NICHOLAS CHURCH AND NATIONAL SHRINE
For Immediate Release: November 17, 2015
Boston, MA: In the final days of October, National Philoptochos distributed $682,027 to worthy causes and programs. At the Children’s Medical Fund Luncheon, $167,000 was awarded in grants and at an earlier National Board meeting, the Board voted to distribute $515,027, which included the notable sum of $400,000 for the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine.
The Philoptochos events began on October 29 with participation in the inauguration of Reverend Christopher T. Metropulos as the 21st President of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Women of Philoptochos shared in the celebration by attending the inaugural ceremony, where National Philoptochos President Maria Logus offered warm greetings on behalf of the Society.
The fall meeting of the National Philoptochos Board was held prior to the Children’s Medical Fund Luncheon, on the campus of Hellenic College Holy Cross.
At the meeting, the National Board voted upon and approved disbursements totaling $515,027, resulting from the good works of Philoptochos chapters nationwide. Most notably, a $400,000 check was presented to His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios for St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine. The other recipients were: International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) for aid to Greece, Retired Clergy and Widowed Presvyteres Benevolent Fund (RCA), Support a Mission Priest (SAMP), International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) for Nepal Disaster Relief, Hellenicare for Aid to Armenia & Georgia and Shepherd’s Centers of America (SCA) for Meals on Wheels (MOW).
On Sunday morning, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios celebrated the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy with His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston and His Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zela, at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral of New England, uplifting everyone’s spirits in the final hours of several successful and blessed days for the community and the women of Philoptochos.
Together let us rebuild Saint Nicholas for all future generations, and for the many millions of people who will visit every year the new World Trade Center, the National September 11 Memorial Museum and our National Shrine, the only house of worship at Ground Zero. For information on how you, as a member or friend of Philoptochos, can support the Saint Nicholas National Shrine at Ground Zero with a donation, please contact your Metropolis for details or click here.
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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 2014, National Philoptochos distributed $1.475 million in philanthropic aid.
Since its establishment in 1989, the Children’s Medical Fund has sought to provide medical assistance to critically ill Greek, Greek American and Orthodox children, whose families are unable to afford appropriate and necessary medical treatment. The Fund also provides grants for innovative research programs to pediatric hospitals throughout the United States and to organizations with special programs that care for children with critical and life threatening illnesses.
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 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.”
To learn more about the National Philoptochos Society, visit http://www.philoptochos.org
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