Metropolis of Boston Philoptochos supports various ministries both within out Metropolis and beyond. Below you will find a list of our ministries as well as some more information about our 4 Metropolis Commitments.
Philoxenia House (May) - Saint Methodios Faith and Heritage Center (November) - FOS - Fellowship of Orthodox Stewards (February) - Social Services (October)
Hellenic College – Holy Cross School of Theology - National Children's Medical Fund - Hellenic Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center - Holy Trinity Nursing and Rehabilitation Center - Project Bread - Pine Street Inn/hopeFound - St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival - Saint Andrew Vesper Reception - Saint Methodios Vesper Reception - VA Medical Center for Homeless Veterans
National Philoptochos Philanthropic Ministries
Ecumenical Patriachate - Saint Basil Academy, Vasilopita & Sisterhood - Social Services - Cancer Fund - Autism Assistance Fund - Saint Photios Shrine - Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) - Support A Mission Priest - Hellenic College – Holy Cross, Lenten Event & Scholarship Fund - International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) - 75th Anniversary Founders Fund - Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) - Retired Clergy and Widowed Presbyteres Benevolent Fund (RCP) - National Sisterhood of Presbyteres Benevolent Fund (NSP) - National Philoptochos Emergency Fund - National Children's Medical Fund - United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) -General Medical Fund
For Further information on the National Commitments, please go to http://www.philoptochos.org/outreach/commitments
Metropolis of Boston Ministry Commitments
FELLOWSHIP OF ORTHODOX STEWARDS - FEBRUARY FUND DRIVE
The Metropolis of Boston, under the Archpastoral mantle and creative leadership of His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios, is personal, meaningful and essential to each of us. Its ministries embrace every aspect of our individual and parish lives.
In order to financially sustain its outreach to the faithful of all ages, the Fellowship of Orthodox Stewards (FOS) was established many years ago to expand the Metropolis programs, including Youth Ministry, Hospital Ministry, Philanthropy, Philoxenia House, Radio Ministry, Religious Education, Greek Education and Culture, Marriage Enrichment, Campus Ministry, Spiritual Outreach, Scholarships, and programs offered by the Saint Methodios Faith and Heritage Center.
At the Metropolis Philoptochos Biennial Conference held in June 2007 in Weston, Massachusetts, the Metropolis of Boston Philoptochos Chapters overwhelmingly adopted the resolution to support the Metropolis FOS program with an annual discretionary contribution, beginning in February 2008.
The Metropolis of Boston Philoptochos has designated May as Philoxenia month to support the centerpiece of the Metropolis of Boston Ministries.
Philoxenia House became a reality in 1986 when our spiritual leader, Metropolitan Methodios, secured the donation of a four bedroom home located on the grounds of Hellenic College and Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline, MA, located just minutes from Boston's medical community and only steps from the Chapel of the Holy Cross. The ministry was an immediate success, with generous volunteers donating friendship, time and money. Since 1986 the residence has been expanded three times and today consists of 11 bedrooms, two large living rooms, a large dining room, a large kitchen, a pantry and seven and a half bathrooms.
Guests come from all over the world, mainly Greece and Cyprus, but also from South Africa, Germany, Brazil, Egypt, Russia, Bulgaria, Romania, and throughout America for medical care in Boston.
Financially, this ministry is supported by the generous donations of all of the Philoptochos chapters of our Metropolis (from your activities during the month of May), along with the many organizations, and individuals of the Metropolis. The Philoxenia House has a Wish List of items needed for the home that anyone is welcome to donate to
His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios' vision to find a site suitable for year-round programs for children and adults that would more effectively minister to the spiritual needs of the people was realized in 1998 with the purchase of the 200 acre property in Contoocook, NH which is now the permanent home of the Saint Methodios Faith and Heritage Center. In 1999 the Metropolis faithful and especially the Philoptochos chapters responded to Metropolitan Methodios' vision to initiate the upgrading of the facilities and to construct a beautiful chapel.
The Center is home to the Metropolis Summer and Winter Camp Program which attracts over 1000 young people from throughout New England and America and is open year-round for conferences and retreats for Priests, Parish Council members, Philoptochos women, youth, senior citizens and families as well as numerous organizations.
The month of November is set aside annually for Philoptochos chapters to offer a special commitment for the Center. Throughout the year Philoptochos chapters generously provide camperships and respond to the needs for this ministry in numerous other ways.
This ministry serves not only our children, but also other Metropolis related events including our Metropolis of Boston Philoptochos Retreat held in the spring. This Fund drive is separate from scholarships that go directly to the Metropolis of Boston Camp program.