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National Philoptochos Holds Spring Meeting - Bishop Sevastianos Named National Philoptochos Spiritual Advisor

National Philoptochos President Aphrodite Skeadas convened the Spring National Board meeting in Atlanta, GA on March 16, 2012 in conjunction with the Metropolis of Atlanta Philoptochos “Open the Doors” Luncheon to benefit the Philoptochos Center of Philathropy.  President Skeadas announced with pleasure that His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios appointed His Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zela to serve as the National Philoptochos Advisor.  President Skeadas welcomed His Grace Bishop Sevastianos and expressed gratitude to His Grace Bishop Andonios of Phasiane who served as National Philoptochos Advisor for ten years.

A native of Cyprus, Bishop Sevastianos served in Athens, Greece and Nottingham, England prior to assuming parishes in Birmingham and Huntsville, AL, Marietta, GA and Tarpon Springs, FL.  Bishop Sevastianos, who serves as Chief Secretary of the Holy Eparchial Synod, addressed the National Board reiterating the importance of the Lenten period, “Though we are caught up in the business of life, we must take time for prayer, alms giving and renewal of our minds and hearts.”

His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios addressed the National Board and reminded the members that, “Philoptochos is part of the Church and you are doing the work of the Church.  You must spread the message of the good works and the Philoptochos mission.”

National President Skeadas thanked His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios, Metropolis of Atlanta Philoptochos President Laura Nixon as well as the Annunciation Cathedral Philoptochos for their gracious hospitality.  President Skeadas reported that the Philoptochos Appeal for the Welfare of the People of Greece has raised $48,000 to date and she encouraged continued support for this important endeavor.  Additionally, National Philoptochos disbursed $25,000 from the General Emergency Fund to IOCC designated for the shipment of medical supplies and food packages for the people of Greece.  President Skeadas expressed sorrow for the passing of Terry Kokas who served as National Philoptochos Director for ten years and as Press and Information Director for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese for twenty-five years. President Skeadas stressed the importance of full National Board and Philoptochos Chapter representation at the 41st Clergy Laity Congress and the 2012 National Philoptochos Biennial Convention.  President Skeadas announced major donations for the Annual Vasilopita of $71,999.69.  These include the following Philoptochos Chapters: Annunciaion Cathedral, Houston, TX; - $24,567.68; Annunciation Cathedral, Atlanta, GA - $15K; Holy Trinity, Dallas, TX - $11K; St. Nicholas, Detroit, MI - $5,700; Annunciation, Dayton, OH - $5,500; Annunciation, Cranston, RI - $5,200; Sts. Constantine and Helen, Merrillville, IN - $5,032 and the Metropolis of Chicago $37K.

The meeting featured committee reports including the Philoptochos Center of Philanthropy.  President Skeadas stated that funds and pledges received to date total $1,920,000 and we are close to securing a permanent Philoptochos home.  She thanked all the donors and members for their continued support at this important milestone as we celebrate 80 Years of Philanthropy for National Philoptochos. 


For additional information: Christine Karavites, National Public Relations, ckaravites@yahoo.com