Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Jersey
Clergy/Laity Assembly and Philoptochos Convention

May 6-8, 2018 – Garfield, NJ

Under the leadership of His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey, I am pleased to announce that this year’s Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Jersey Clergy/Laity Assembly and Philoptochos Convention will take place on May 6-8, 2018. The Philoptochos Convention is held during the day on Monday, May 7, 2018, with the Grand Banquet taking place that evening. The Assembly will be held at The Venetian, located at 546 River Drive, in Garfield, New Jersey. The day’s Agenda will follow. Registration is from 7:30-9:00 am. This year’s theme is:

“Living in the Church, in Christ and according to Christ, who promised to be with us
“all the days of our life, to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:20

Delegate participation of Philoptochos Chapters, from all five (5) Regions, in the Philoptochos Convention, which will be held during the Clergy- Laity Assembly on Monday, May 7, 2018, is encouraged, as it is important to the life of the unified Ministry. Our agenda will include a discussion of future challenges facing the Holy Metropolis of NJ Philoptochos, as well as a review of any Resolutions for Adoption that have been submitted to the Metropolis of New Jersey for possible approval and presentation at the National Philoptochos Biennial Convention in Boston, Massachusetts in July 2018. If your chapter wishes to submit a Resolution for Adoption at National Philoptochos Biennial Convention in Boston, you must first submit it to the Metropolis of New Jersey Philoptochos for approval from our own Delegates.

The Metropolis of New Jersey Philoptochos will present its Two-Year Budget for review and approval by the Delegation. We will be asking each chapter to bring with them their chapter budget so they can share it with other chapters, thus assisting in the process of creating a budget. Small group workshops will be held so that others can benefit from experienced chapter treasurers and Finance Committees who understand the process and will be able to promote the essential bylaw, which includes ‘Each chapter shall approve an annual budget.’

Voting eligibility at the meeting will be determined by the fulfillment of a chapter’s 2018 Per Capita (stewardship), which must be paid no later than April 30, 2018, and the fulfillment of your chapter’s yearly commitments. If you are uncertain of your chapter’s commitment payment status, please contact either me, or the Metropolis Vice President Eleni Constantinides ( early in the registration process.

You may download our registration form as PDF file here and print, complete it and return it to the Metropolis Headquarters by April 30, 2018, with the all-inclusive Registration Fee of $175.00. Please begin the registration process as early as possible. For overnight accommodations, a block of rooms has been reserved for our use at the Saddle Brook Marriott Hotel located at the intersection of Garden State Parkway and Route I-80 (138 New Pehle Avenue). In order to secure the rate of $119.00 plus tax, per night, rooms must be reserved by April 15, 2018. For reservations call 1-800-832-6254 or 201-843-9500 and mention “GOMNJ 2018 Assembly account.” Further information can be viewed on the hotel’s webpage:

Details of the 2018 Grand Banquet, to be held in the evening on Monday, May 7, 2018, at 6:30, will be sent in a letter to the parishes and will also be posted on this website. Please refer to that letter for honoree name submission deadlines. We look forward to your participation in this year’s Clergy/Laity Assembly.

May the blessings of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be with you, as you work to fulfill your philanthropic Mission.
With Love and Respect,

Anastasia Michals, President

Note: you can download a PDF of the above announcement here.

You can also download and print information on hotel accommodations for the 2018 Clergy/Laity Assembly here and NJ Philoptochos 2017-18 Commitment Cards here.



Southern Regional Workshop

March 21, 2015 – Fredericksburg, VA

On March 21st, 2015, the Southern Regional Workshop took place in Fredericksburg, VA, with great success.
President Anne Michals and Vice President Alexis Limberakis joined Chapter President Maria Yiasemides and her entire board for a day full of Christian love, sisterly respect and gentle guidance in order to continue the many good works of Philoptochos.

The following chapters sent representatives:

  • Saint Demetrios, Baltimore, MD
  • Annunciation Cathedral, Baltimore, MD
  • Saints Peter and Paul, Frederick, MD
  • Nativity of the Theotokos, Fredericksburg, VA
  • Dormition of the Virgin Mary, Winchester, VA
  • Saint Katherine, Falls Church, VA
  • Saints Constantine and Helen, Newport News, VA
  • Holy Trinity, Roanoke, VA
  • Annunciation Cathedral, Norfolk, VA

We are expressing our deep gratitude to Father John Katsoulis whose presence throughout the day kept us moving in the right direction.




Anastasia Michals, Metropolis of New Jersey Philoptochos President and Vice President Alexis Limberakis, Metropolis Board Members Maria Antonakas, Elaine Sackleh, Maria Boyer, Tessie Baker, and Fay Missailides, Chapter 1087 President Maria Yiasemides and her Board, Father John Katsoulis, Parish Priest of Nativity of the Theotokos of Fredericksburg, Virginia. Representatives from Virginia and Maryland Chapters heard presentation on Saint Nicholas National Shrine Philoptochos Initiative, as well as the information that is essential for all Chapter Treasurers and good practices for all Publicity Chairmen as they promote the good works of Philoptochos.



2015-03-21 AnneMichaels with Maria Yiasimedes and Fr. John

Aastasia Michals, Metropolis of New Jersey Philoptochos President, with Chapter 1087 President Maria Yiasemides and Father John Katsoulis



Calendar of the New Jersey Philoptochos

(Please point and click on any entry in the calendar grid for more information; point and click on the blue arrows to view a different month or week)




2014 National Philoptochos Biennial Convention

Philadelphia, PA – July 6 – 9, 2014

Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
1201 Market Street, Philadelphia


You can view or download (as PDF file) the Agenda for the Biennial Convention by clicking here.




September 4, 2013

New York, NY – The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society has successfully relocated to its beautiful, new home at 126 East 37th Street in Manhattan. Please know that although the address has changed, the office telephone and fax numbers remain the same.

The Philoptochos Society would like to thank all who have responded so lovingly so that the dream for a permanent home for Philoptochos could become a reality.

In celebration of this great event in the history of our Philoptochos the Society has planned the following events so that we may all seek God’s blessings while offering an opportunity to those who wish to come and see the new home:


Monday, September 9, 2013, 11 a.m.

In the long tradition of seeking God’s blessing before any task or new home, an Agiasmo Service at the Center of Philanthropy will be celebrated by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America. Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the blessing service.


Friday, November 1, 2013, 10 a.m.

Feast Day of the Patron Saints of Philoptochos, Saints Cosmas and Damian, Divine Liturgy and Artoklasia at Holy Trinity Cathedral, 337 East 74th Street, New York, NY 10021, celebrated by His Grace Bishop Sevastianos. Following the Divine Liturgy an open house will be held at the new home of Philoptochos.


Saturday, March 1, 2014

Grand Opening celebration of the new home of Philoptochos will take place on March 1st, 2014 in conjunction with the National Board Meeting of Philoptochos. His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America will lead the Agiasmos, Ribbon Cutting. A reception will follow as the celebrations for the new Center of Philanthropy culminate continuing the more than 80 year tradition of Greek Orthodox philanthropy in America.

For more information, please contact: 212.977.7770




Philoptochos purchases permanent home


November 30, 2012

New York, NY – With the blessings of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, the support of the members of the Holy Eparchial Synod, National Philoptochos Board, Philoptochos Chapters, and individuals nationwide, the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society purchased its permanent home, the Philoptochos Center of Philanthropy at 126 East 37th Street in New York City on Tuesday, November 27, 2012. This historic event culminates three years of planning and fundraising to ensure that Philoptochos, the philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, secures its legacy for future generations, and allows Philoptochos to continue and expand efforts to help those in need. National Philoptochos President Aphrodite Skeadas stated, “This is a significant day in the history of our venerable 81 year old Society because the charge of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios ‘to see National Philoptochos in its own home, ready and available to serve the community for generations to come’ has come to fruition.”





“Box of Hope” Project, August 2012


From the moment the ‘Box of Hope’ project was announced, Philoptochos chapters, as well as individuals, embraced it with an all-out effort to collect backpacks and school supplies for children in Greece. Almost every chapter in the Metropolis of New Jersey provided either a monetary donation or school supplies.

Over 600 backpacks were collected. Additionally, over 2000 pounds of supplies were donated . The supplies were sent in three separate shipments to Greece and were received by Desmos.

DESMOS is an organization of young professional women who were schooled in the United States and now live and work in Greece. Their mission is to assist wherever the need arises.

DESMOS coordinated the ‘Box of Hope’ distribution effort in Greece. Of the funds collected, and after all supply purchasing was complete, Philoptochos was left with a balance of $1554.00. A proposal, by Box of Hope Chairmen Evellyn Tsiadis and Pat Kalellis, was accepted by Metropolis of NJ Philoptochos, to make a donation to Desmos with the remainder of the funds to allow these funds to be used specifically for the needs of the school children of Greece.

Chairmen Evellyn Tsiadis and Pat Kalellis and could not adequately express their appreciation to all who wholeheartedly supported this project.

Special recognition is due to the following Philoptochos chapters for their efforts in collecting school supplies and backpacks within their church:

Chapter 1036 – Holy Trinity of Westfield, NJ

Chapter 1028/1029 -Saint Constantine, Helen and Nicholas of Roseland, NJ

Chapter 1089 – Saint Nicholas of Virginia Beach, Virginia.

All Philoptochos chapters when above and beyond our hopes for this project, but these three chapters exhibited an inordinate amount of caring and understanding for the plight of the children of Greece. St. Nicholas of Virginia Beach actually shipped a 212-pound crate filled with 100 backpacks and supplies to us here in New Jersey so we could coordinate the effort in Greece.

Metropolis of NJ Philoptochos President, Anne Michals, sent her love and congratulations to all those chapters who participated in BOX OF HOPE. She emphasized that, although she held great confidence in Project Chairmen, Evellyn Tsiadis and Pat Kalellis, even her expectations for the project were exceeded through the commitment of these Metropolis Board Members and local Chapter participants.



Participation in the National Philoptochos Biennial Convention, July 1-4, 2012

Detailed information on the events and activities of the National Philoptochos Biennial Convention, which took place in Phoenix, Arizona, from July 1 to 4, 2012, can be found at the following link:

Philoptochos Biennial Convention 2012 Documents



We are especially proud of our own Alice Nicas, recipient of an “Agape Award”





Our Pilgrimage to Saint Michael’s on February 25, 2012


Standing from left to right: St. Michael’s Home resident Evy Way, National and Metropolis Board Member Aspasia Melis, St. Michael’s Home and National Board Members Lily Katos and DAD President Maria Skiadis, St. Paraskevi Philoptochos Board Member, Chapter President Lola Katsanos, Metropolis Board Member Effie Kambourakis, St. Adelphotis Dorkas Philoptochos President Vivian Pagoulatos, Metropolis Board Member Georgia Halakos, Metropolis Assistant Treasurer Harriet Nikolaidis, St Philothea Philoptochos President Barbara Kostakis, St. Athanasios Philoptochos Secretary Rita Pavlou, St. Andrew Philoptochos Vice President Patricia Blackford, St. George Piscataway Vice President Georgia Peterson, Metropolis Board Member Eleni Andronikou.



Our Agape Luncheon on February 4, 2012