Philoptochos News

Recent news from the Metropolis of Boston Philoptochos – March 18, 2018

The Metropolis of Boston Philoptochos Board met on Saturday, March 10, 2017, at the Taxiarchae Church in Watertown, following the ordination of Archdeacon Dionysius, the former Fotis Papiris.

The Members of the Board attended the Divine Liturgy celebrating the elevation of the Archdeacon whom they have come to know and love through his role as assistant to His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios.

Following a beautiful luncheon reception hosted by the Watertown Philoptochos, the Chairman, Metropolitan Methodios, and the Board convened.  Discussion included updates on Philoxenia House, Operation Housewarming, and the upcoming April 26, 2018 fundraiser, “An Evening with author Yvette Corporon”.  With time still to purchase tickets and send in your sponsorship, it was also announced that the Evening will include a dazzling array of Boutiques to delight the shoppers in attendance.  Details can be found by clicking here.

In conclusion, President Elaine Zetes announced that she has been named Co-chair of the upcoming National Philoptochos Convention to be held at the Marriott Copley Hotel from July 1 through July 5, 2018. Her Co-chair will be Barbara Pasalis of the Metropolis of Detroit.  Members of the Metropolis of Boston Philoptochos and our Chapters will serve as the host committee.  Elaine expressed her hope that everyone will volunteer to show our guests the hospitality we are so well known for in New England.  She and the Board Members will be contacting the chapters soon to request assistance and urge every chapter to send delegates to the Convention.  More information on the Convention can be found at


The Metropolis of Boston Philoptochos invites you to attend an Evening with Author and Emmy Award Winning Journalist Yvette Manessis Corporon

The Metropolis of Boston Philoptochos invites you to attend an Evening with Author and Emmy Award Winning Journalist Yvette Manessis Corporon on Thursday, April 26 at Saint Demetrios Church in Weston, MA.

The evening will begin at 6 pm with a reception, wine-tasting and Boutiques. Author Presentation and Book Signing will follow at 7:30 pm. Yvette’s book will be available for purchase.

Click Here to view our flyer with more details about the program and sponsorship opportunities.


His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios, Chairman of the Metropolis Philoptochos Board, opened the regular meeting on Saturday, October 21st with a prayer.  President Elaine Zetes addressed two overarching goals for the coming year: improving and strengthening communications with the Chapters and increasing and strengthening the financial stability of the Metropolis Philoptochos.

As a first step towards improved communications, the website and Facebook pages will undergo a refresh, led by 2nd Vice President Eleni Stamboulidis and Recording Secretary Irene Stefanakos.  Increased financial stability includes plans for a fundraiser to be held on Thursday evening, April 12, 2018, at St. Demetrios Church in Weston, MA.  Athena Kalyvas was named event chair, with assistance from Theresa Nibi and other Board members.  Further details will be announced.

The Board received updates on several of its ministries.  Maria Tamvakologos, Operations Liaison to the Philoxenia House, reported on the current status of the House and their needs. A suggestion was made to publish a wish list for items of recurring need. The Wish List is now posted on

As soon as confirmations of chapter ratifications are received from National Philoptochos, President Zetes will be contacting the Chapter Presidents with information about the new Metropolis Board and about recent changes voted on and approved at last June’s Biennial Conference: the Metropolis Social Services commitment to begin in October 2018 and the $5.00 increase to the Metropolis per capita starting in 2018.

As a reminder, November’s Chapter commitment is St. Methodios Faith & Heritage Center. As Veteran’s Day nears, Chapters are asked to contribute goods or monetary donations to the Operation Housewarming Appeal. Lastly, all are invited to celebrate St. Andrew’s Vespers on November 29 at the Metropolis Center, followed by installation of the new Metropolis Board, and a reception hosted by Co-chairs Kiki Feldmar, Litsa Stamoulis, and Eleni Pantelis, with assistance from the Board members.

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2017 - 2019 Metropolis Philoptochos Board appointments announced

His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios, Chairman of the Metropolis Philoptochos Board, announced the following appointments on Saturday, September 30, at the Board’s first meeting of the new ecclesiastical year.

The Executive Committee, with Metropolitan Methodios as Chair, is comprised of President Elaine Zetes, First Vice President Georgia Lagadinos, Second Vice President Eleni Stamboulidis, Corresponding Secretary Maria Tamvakologos, Recording Secretary Irene Stefanakos, and Advisor Frances Levas.  Board members from chapters across the Metropolis are Aleka Akriviellis, Calliope Badavas, Debbie Ciejek, Alexandra Coios Dimou, Kiki Feldmar, Amy Kalogeropoulos, Athena Kalyvas, Stella Kazantzas, Sharon Konstantinidis, Elpiniki Mavredakis, Theresa Nibi, Eleni Pantelis, Diane Stamatopulos, Evangelia Stamoulis, and Cleopatra Tsolas. The term of office runs from September 2017 through August 2019.

The Board discussed their work plan for the coming year, including these upcoming events: on November 29, St. Andrew’s Vespers will be celebrated at the Metropolis Center, followed by installation of the new Board and a reception hosted by the Metropolis Philoptochos; a Veterans’ Housewarming Basket Appeal will be issued in November; and a fundraiser will be held in March 2018, with details to follow soon.  Watch this website for updates and check out our Facebook page at

The Metropolis of Boston Philoptochos held their Biennial Conference on June 17, 2017 at the Cathedral Center in Brookline.  Greetings and opening remarks were extended by His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios, Rev. Fr Demetrios Tonias, Cathedral Dean, Calliope Galatis, president of the Annunciation Cathedral Philoptochos and Frances Levas, Metropolis President.

Irene Stefanakos, co-chair welcomed all the delegates and thanked them for their attendance.  Elaine Zetes, co –chair presented the roll call and credentials confirming that there were 20 chapters registered, 38 chapter delegates, 1 National board delegate, 17 Metropolis board delegates and 5 guests.

The newly ordained Rev Fr Ioannis Michaelidies, the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries and the Metropolis of Boston Camp updated the delegates on the exciting opportunities for our youth, The Olympiacos Soccer team and the Cosmos Project from Greece and all the youth ministries within our Metropolis. He asked all the Philoptochos delegates in attendance to continuously encourage our youth to get involved.

Paulette Geanacopoulos from the National Philoptochos Office, who is a licensed social worker spoke about the social services and how she vets all clients from within the Archdiocesan District and the Metropolises. There are many people who need a little help to get through the rough spots. 

The business portion of the meeting continued with reports from the president and all the metropolis ministries. The financial report was presented along with the 2017-2019 budget which was approved by the delates. 

The election procedures were explained by former president Philippa Condakes.  Elections took place with the following results:

Area 1:     Alexandra Coios Dimou and Cleopatra Tsolas

Area 2:      Athena Kalyvas and Evangelia Stamoulis

Area 3:      Kiki Feldmar and Eleni Stamboulidis

Area 4:     Amy Kalogeropoulos and Irene Stefanakos

Area 5:     Debbie Ciejek and Sharon Konstantinides

Area 6:

Area 7:   Elaine Zetes and Diane Stamatopulos

Area 8:   Stella Kazantas and Elipiniki Mavredakis

Congratulations to the newly elected board. The balance of the Metropolis Board will be appointed by His Eminence in September.

Elaine Zetes presented bouquets of flowers to Calliope Galatis, President of the Annunciation thanking her for her hospitality and to outgoing president Frances Levas thanking her for her leadership. His Eminence spoke about the importance of the Philoptochos and thanksed all the delegates for their commitment.