2014 Convention Highlights and Archives
National Philoptochos Biennial Convention
July 6 - 9, 2014
2014 National Philoptochos Biennial Convention Press Release
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.
2014 National Philoptochos Biennial Convention Program
2014 Chapter Challenges
- Direct Archdiocese District- Career Training Center- Synopsis and One-Sheet - Update
- Chicago - Healing House- Synopsis and One-Sheet -Convention Presentation
- Boston - Prayer Shawl Ministry- Synopsis and One-Sheet -Convention Presentation
- Denver- Concert for Children with Special Needs- Synopsis and One-Sheet
- Atlanta -TLC Blanket of Hope- Synopsis and One-Sheet
- Detroit- American Heroes- Synopsis and One-Sheet
- Pittsburgh - Housewarming for Homeless- Synopsis -Convention Presentation
- San Francisco - Soles for Needy Souls- Synopsis and One-Sheet
- New Jersey -The Write Connection- Synopsis and One-Sheet -Convention Presentation
Mental Illness: Our Community’s Journey to Understanding, Compassion and Hope
THE BRAVE ONES: Philoptochos Honors Military + Veterans
The 2014 National Philoptochos Convention in Philadelphia, PA culminated with a program to honor The Brave Ones. His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver, Military Ordinary who oversees Greek Orthodox Chaplains, opened The Brave Ones program thanking Philoptochos while reminding the delegates of the importance to honor those in our parishes who so bravely serve their country. The delegates viewed the emotional and moving video ‘The Brave Ones’ that highlights close to 1000 photos of Orthodox service men and women with a background of patriotic music that was produced by Dr. George and Martha Stefanidakis.
National Philoptochos President Aphrodite Skeadas then presented sixty-five Homeward Bound Baskets donated by Philoptochos stewards and Chapters to Mr. Tim Meserve, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Veteran’s Multi Service Center to support sixty-five homeless veterans and their families as they transition to permanent housing. Testimony followed by Mike Emanuel, FOX News Chief Congressional Correspondent describing his missions with his crew traveling in the dangerous war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan and how he made the conscious decision to take his faith with him. Lt. Colonel Elizabeth Konon Sweet detailed her military career as an Orthodox woman and her peacekeeping and combat support missions around the world.
The program concluded with the narration of The Brave Ones Past and Present Tribute and His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah leading the delegates in the singing of “God Bless America”.
THE BRAVE ONES VIDEO
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Essential Convention Documents
All photos above by Dimitrios S. Panagos except Photo 4 by Rania Richardson