Dear friends, members of the Philoptochos,
It is with joy that I greet you as the spiritual advisor of the Philoptochos. I greatly rejoice and give glory to God as I watch your efforts to live the Gospel and bring comfort and love to those in need. I am humbled by your love and dedication to Christ and His Church.
“It is this kind of loving work that makes the Orthodox Church shine through its philanthropic arm, the Philoptochos!”
This past May, I was blessed to participate in the Autism camp organized by the Philoptochos and sponsored by the Family and Life Ministries of the Metropolis and I experienced great joy as I connected with the families and children whose simplicity and innocence brings to life the dictum of Christ “you need to become like children in order to enter the Kingdom of God”. The exemplary team of staff and volunteers brought joy to the participants, helping them to feel accepted and valued. It is this kind of loving work that makes the Orthodox Church shine through its philanthropic arm, the Philoptochos!
In the month of June our joy multiplied as we were able to come together at the Clergy-Laity and Philoptochos Conference of the Metropolis of Atlanta in Columbia, SC. Representatives of the chapters from around the Metropolis came together, debated and voted for the future programs aiming at elevating our beloved Metropolis in love and philanthropy. Above all, this gathering strengthened the bonds of love among the ladies who labor in every corner of our Metropolis to help the poor and needy.
“I ask you all to energize the local chapters with your enthusiasm, inviting both women and men in your parishes to join the Philoptochos. There is a lot of work to be done and the workers are few.”
As we move forward into the future, I ask you all to energize the local chapters with your enthusiasm, inviting both women and men in your parishes to join the Philoptochos. There is a lot of work to be done and the workers are few. Christ is calling us to respond to the need around us. In a world which is broken and confused, our witness of His love for all people will become the force to bring the Gospel of salvation to all who seek it.
In Christ’s Love,
† Fr. Panayiotis Papageorgiou, Ph.D., Spiritual Advisor
Metropolis of Atlanta Philoptochos
Fr. Panayiotis was born on the island of Cyprus. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from City College, New York, a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Divinity from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline, MA and a Ph.D. in Early Christian Studies from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
He has served as a priest in the U.S. and Cyprus and taught Orthodox Theology and Spirituality in Cyprus, Jerusalem, Canada and the US.
Currently, he is serving as pastor of Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, in Marietta, Georgia. He serves on the Atlanta Metropolis Council and Archdiocesan Presbyters Council.
Fr. Panayiotis continues to pursue research in the Late Antique Roman History and Theology and is the author of many articles. He has recently published the book: Homilies on Romans by St. John Chrysostom, Volume 1, (modern English translation) Holy Cross Press, 2013.
Fr. Panayiotis is married to Presvytera Catherine. They have two children, a son (Efstratios) and a daughter (Olympia), ages 23 and 20.