ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN FAMILY THE FOCUS OF 2014 NATIONAL PHILOPTOCHOS BIENNIAL CONVENTION
Philadelphia, PA- With a theme of “The Orthodox Christian Family: A Dwelling of Christ and a Witness of His Gospel,” chosen by Archbishop Demetrios of America, the 2014 National Philoptochos Biennial Convention was held in Philadelphia, PA from July 6 to 9, in conjunction with the 42nd Clergy-Laity Congress. A record number of delegates attended the biennial event with over 440 registered to represent the 27,000 Philoptochos stewards from across the United States. The Metropolis of New Jersey Philoptochos hosted the event in the City of Brotherly Love under the spiritual leadership of Metropolitan Evangelos.
From a moving video tribute to veterans created from the personal archives of Philoptochos stewards, to a panel discussion on mental health issues in the Greek Orthodox community, to an interactive discourse on the traditional Greek diet, "family" was front and center in the program, bolstered by the Orthodox faith.
On Sunday morning, delegates walked together to the nearby historic St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral to attend the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. Philoptochos Convention opening ceremonies commenced that afternoon with a prayer offered by Archbishop Demetrios of America and flags of both the United States and Greece presented by the Honor Guard VFW Eleftheria Post. National anthems of both countries were sung by the National Forum of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians.
RECORD SET FOR DELEGATES AT PHILOPTOCHOS CONVENTION IN PHILADELPHIA, PA
New York, NY- A record number of delegates are set to attend the 2014 National Philoptochos Biennial Convention on July 6-July 9 in Philadelphia, PA. More than 440 delegates are registered, topping the previous record of 417 in 2012.
The key event of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society will run concurrently with the Clergy-Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown with the shared theme of “The Orthodox Christian Family: A Dwelling of Christ and a Witness of His Gospel.”
Under the leadership of National Philoptochos President Aphrodite Skeadas and Convention Tri-Chairs Anastasia Michals, Martha Stefanidakis and Evellyn Tsiadis, the program is set to include guest speakers, professional training, and award presentations, in a framework of spiritual growth.
New York, NY –The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society (www.Philoptochos.org) is pleased to announce that their partner in Literacy Awareness, the Make a Difference with Loukoumi project has been selected to be one of ten national winners to receive an award in Washington, D.C. on April 10, at a ceremony to recognize community service.