A Lenten Message From Our President
Dear Philoptochos Sisters in Christ,
Lent is a period of prayer, penance, fasting, and self-denial. This is a time, Christians can focus on practicing the things that are necessary to grow close to Christ and our fellow man. Our spiritual efforts are directed toward the real goal of Lent to cultivate a deeper love for God and each other. This means changing our way of thinking, turning our minds toward God, and changing the way we live.
I am the Light of the World, he that followeth Me, walketh not in darkness, but shall have the Light of Life. John 8:12
During Lent, we as Orthodox Christians have the opportunity to rediscover the beautiful image of God in us and to feel the loving embrace of our Heavenly Father. We do this by reflecting on ourselves and our shortcomings, not judging others, and working together with the Grace of God. When we allow God’s unconditional love, forgiveness, and mercy to reach the depth of our soul, we are transformed into true Orthodox Christians.
May the joy of Christ’s resurrection live in your heart today and always.
With Love in Christ,
Dee Nicolaou, President
Metropolis of Atlanta Philoptochos
Dee Nicolaou: Years of Service and Awards
Dee Nicolaou has served on the Atlanta Metropolis Philoptochos Board for 18 years and on the National Philoptochos Board for more than thirteen years. We are honored that she continues her philanthropic work as our Atlanta Metropolis Philoptochos President. She resides in Wesley Chapel, Florida with her husband Chris. They were married thirty three years ago in their home parish of Saint John the Baptist in Tampa, Florida. They have three children Troy, Sherry and Christopher.
Dee has won several prestigious awards, to include:
- Metropolis of Atlanta Archangel Michael Recipient 2001 Community Service Award
- St. Paul Medal Recipient 2003
- IOCC Outstanding Service Award for 2005
You can read more about Dee’s years of philanthropic service to Philoptochos by reading her Philoptochos Years of Service and Awards.