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.
PHILOPTOCHOS COMMITTED TO REBUILDING OF SAINT NICHOLAS SHRINE
The Mission Statement of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, in part, calls upon its members to aid the widowed and victims of disasters, to promote the philanthropic purposes of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, and to promote Greek Orthodox Faith and traditions.
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America offered moving remarks about the Philoptochos mission and the importance of keeping alive its history of philanthropy and strengthening its work in the Church. In his exhortation on May 6, 2015, His Eminence spoke directly to the hearts of the National Board when he recounted the importance of re-building Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and the National Shrine at Ground Zero. Emotions ran high as National Board Members remembered a fateful act of terror when thousands of innocent people lost their lives in a single day. What better way to promote our faith than through the resurrection of this sacred place of healing and worship which will stand for all the world to see as an expression of our Greek Orthodox faith and love for humankind?
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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