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Celebrate Internatio​nal Literacy Day on September 8

The Philoptochos Literacy Outreach Program is designed to be an ongoing project that will promote literacy for children and adults through a “hands-on” program appropriate for all Philoptochos chapters.  As Philoptochos members, we need to recognize the importance of literacy in the lives of children and adults in celebration of International Literacy Day, which is observed worldwide on September 8, 2014 and sponsored by the International Reading Association and the United Nations. 

To read the rest of the press release, please open the attached document. 

Aid to Greece and Cyprus Campaign

Your generous hearts serve in so many different capacities.  Your good works demonstrate your love for humanity and “for the least of our brethren.”  During this dire time that has befallen our brothers and sisters in Greece and Cyprus, Philoptochos wholeheartedly responded and supported through the Aid to Greece and Cyprus Campaign.  We respectfully ask you to continue these good works on Sunday, September 28, 2014 in an effort designated as National Philoptochos Fellowship Sunday by once again hosting the Coffee Hour in your Parishes following the Divine Liturgy. 

2014 National Philoptochos Biennial Convention Update

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.  

Click here to read the rest of the post-Convention press release.

2014 National Philoptochos Biennial Convention Preview

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.

To read the rest of the press release, please open the attached document.

Loukoumi Honored for Make a Difference with Loukoumi Project with Philoptochos Support

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.

To read the rest of the press release, please click here.

Historic Opening

New York, NY - Several hundred Philoptochos members, supporters and friends from across the United States joined His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America and President Aphrodite Skeadas on March 1, 2014 at the Ribbon Cutting and Blessing of the Philoptochos Center of Philanthropy at 126 East 37th Street in New York City. Read more...

Children's Medical Fund Luncheon Awards $136,900 For Children's Health and Research

The Fourteenth National Philoptochos Children’s Medical Fund Luncheon was held Saturday, October 12, 2013 at the Fairmont Pittsburgh Hotel with more than 500 attendees from throughout the United States. The event entitled “Let Us Rejoice and Embrace the Children,” was organized by the National Philoptochos and the Metropolis of Pittsburgh Philoptochos under the high patronage of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America and with the spiritual blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Savas of Pittsburgh. Read more...
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