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Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine at the World Trade Center

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Sept. 11, 2001:

A Personal Reflection by Maria Logus,

National Philoptochos President

On a bright, cloudless morning on Tuesday, September 11, 2001, I watched as the second tower at the World Trade Center was hit, and I saw the explosive eruption of fire and smoke.  And when the towers fell, I lost a dear friend and colleague who, like so many others, selflessly ran to the site to offer help.

In the days after the attack, lower Manhattan was desolate – no noisy trucks, no bustling shops, no lights, and few people aside from first responders. Uniformed soldiers and tank-like vehicles patrolled the suddenly unfamiliar streets. The site smoldered for months, leaving an open sore, a gaping wound that is still waiting to be healed. And more than a decade later, we still seek healing and relief from that long time ache.  

To read the complete letter, please click here.


Philoptochos Collections for

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine

Exceed $1.5 Million

Click here to read this news in the Greek language edition of The National Herald

Click here to read this news in the English language edition of Greek News

National Philoptochos President Maria Logus presents a check for $200,000 earmarked for St. Nicholas to His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios; also pictured are Committee Tri-Chairs Jennifer Constantin and Arlene Siavelis Kehl.  Not pictured: Anastasia Michals.

On June 17, National President Maria Logus presented a check to His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America for the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine Philoptochos Fundraising Initiative.  With this donation, Philoptochos brings the total amount donated by the Society to over $1.5 million.

A round of applause goes to the Philoptochos Chapters and Metropolises across the country who have participated in this fundraising effort during the past three years!  

St. Nicholas will serve as a beacon of love for all who come to pray and reflect, and for the millions more who visit the World Trade Center and National September 11 Memorial & Museum, it will be a declaration of our Orthodox Christian faith to the world.  Please continue to do your part to help your local Philoptochos Chapter or Metropolis Philoptochos with small or large fundraising activities.  Once we have raised $2.0 million, our commitment will be met and our noble mission will be achieved.  

To be part of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine Philoptochos Fundraising Initiative, please donate fundraising proceeds directly to your local Philoptochos Chapter or your Metropolis Philoptochos. 


Reconstruction of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church



New Liberty Park at 9/11 Memorial

New York Newsday, June 20, 2016

World Trade Center Complex Welcomes an Elevated Memorial Park 

Architectural Digest, May 25, 2016

Church, Rising at Trade Center Site, Will Glow Where Darkness Fell

The New York Times, Sept. 9, 2015



Click on the link below to open

Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine

at the World Trade Center  


The link above opens to a downloadable document, designed to be printed double-sided in a Landscape orientation on an 8 1/2 x 11” sheet and then folded to create a pamphlet. Please note: Once you select “Two-sided,” you must go into the Printer Properties or Advanced Printer Settings and select “Flip on Short Edge” or “Short-Edge Binding.”


Newly updated!


The link above opens to a downloadable poster.  This digital file can be sent to your local offset printer to create a 24" x 36" poster.  You may also print the poster on 11" x 17" paper for smaller promotional purposes.


Click here to download the "Upon this rock I will rebuild my church" Icon Card


Click here for St. Nicholas  Webcam, Videos and Presentations


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 Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine at the World Trade Center with a donation, please click below on your Metropolis for details.

Direct Archdiocesan District
San Francisco
New Jersey

Click below for the Frequently Asked Questions document




June 2014: National Shrine- Our Dwelling in Christ

April 2014: Our American 'Parthenon'

February-March 2014: A Tale of Three Churches: Part 2

January 2014: A Tale of Three Churches: Part 1

December 2013: The CIty Set on a Hill Cannot Be Hidden


Philoptochos Initiative

June/July/August 2017: Closer to Goal

(Orthodox Observer)

March 2017: Philoptochos Helps to Shine a Light

(Philanthropy Witness)

December 2016/January 2017: Faith is Believing Without Seeing

(Philanthropy Witness)

November 2016: St. Demetrios Philoptochos in Ohio Holds 9/11 Fundraiser for St. Nicholas

(Orthodox Observer)

September/October 2016 and October 2016: Remembering 9/11

(Philanthropy Witness and Orthodox Observer)

September 2016: Philoptochos Donations Toward St. Nicholas Building Fund Reach $1,328,400

(Orthodox Observer)

July 2016: Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine at the World Trade Center

(2016 National Philoptochos Biennial Convention Publication- THE VOICE)

June 2016 and May 2016: Metropolis of New Jersey Shines a Light

(Philanthropy Witness and Orthodox Observer)

March and April 2016: Philoptochos Donations Exceed $1,000,000

(Philanthropy Witness and Orthodox Observer)

February 2016: Play Your Part to Rebuild Saint Nicholas

(Philanthropy Witness)

January 2016: Chapters Use New Approaches to Raise Funds for Saint Nicholas Initiative

(Orthodox Observer)

December 2015/January 2016: Philoptochos Chapters Fulfill the Mission- Promoting the Project

(Philanthropy Witness)

October and November 2015: Reflections from the Pope's Visit by National Philoptochos President 

(Orthodox Observer and Philanthropy Witness)

September 2015: Philoptochos Chapters to Remember the Fallen on 9/11

(Orthodox Observer)

September 2015: Marking an Historic Committment

(Philanthropy Witness)

July/August 2015: Philoptochos FInds New Ways to Raise Funds for Saint Nicholas Initiative

(Orthodox Observer)

May/June 2015: Philoptochos Committed To Rebuilding Of Saint Nicholas

(Philanthropy Witness)

May 2015: Metropolis of NJ Philoptochos Chapter Reaches $22,000 Goal in Under Four Months

(Orthodox Observer)

April 2015: National Philoptochos Embraces Saint Nicholas Fundraising Initiative

(Orthodox Observer)

April 2015: Facts to Know about Saint Nicholas

(Philanthropy Witness)

March 2015: The Philoptochos Fundraising Initiative

(Philanthropy Witness)

December 2014/January 2015: Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine

(Philanthropy Witness)