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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.
A Christmas Message from President Logus
To the members of the National and Metropolis Philoptochos Boards, Chapter Presidents and Stewards:
At Christmas, I try to find time to once again read “A Christmas Carol,” by Charles Dickens, a holiday classic.
The enduring story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the miser and skinflint, and his conversion to the kindly, generous old man dedicated to Tiny Tim and family, is often thought of as a portrait of the Victorian period, a reflection of the author’s own need to restore his waning reputation as a bestselling writer, and an indictment of Society’s deplorable treatment of the impoverished.
Interestingly, a more thoughtful reading reveals that it is Scrooge who is in fact, the most impoverished character in the novella – he lacks love, he has scorned the warmth of family and he has rejected the spirit of Christmas. Indeed it is only when Scrooge accepts the error of his ways and embraces the true spirit of Christmas that he is transformed – and saved.
To read the rest of the message from Philoptochos President, Maria Logus, click here.
To watch ‘Scrooge is a 1951 film adaptation of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol’, click here.
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.
The Philoptochos’s major philanthropic initiatives are worth learning more about including: Feeding the Hungry: 250,000 Meals, Saint Nicholas National Shrine at Ground Zero, 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 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. For more information regarding this material and the National Philoptochos Society, please contact Rania Richardson, Communications Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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