Wilmington Philoptochos Honors Presvyteres
The Saint Agape Philoptochos Society of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church held a wonderful event in the newly renovated Hellenic Community Center on October 20, 2012. The event was “A Celebration Honoring Our Presvyteres Past and Present”. All the presvyteres that ever served Holy Trinity were honored. All the presvyteres of the Delaware Valley churches were also invited to this event and those who attended were recognized and honored.
The presvyteres are the “Unsung Heroines” of our Greek Orthodox Church and the evening was dedicated to them. The community of Holy Trinity came to support Philoptochos in thanking these women who made a lifetime commitment to the church. The president of the National Sisterhood of Presvyteres (NSP), presvytera Alice Noplos, sent a beautiful letter that was printed in the evening’s Program and we thank her for her support. The proceeds from this event will be donated to the NSP Benevolent Fund which provides support for presvyteres, clergy and their families in time of crisis or need.
We were fortunate to have as our guest speaker the Reverent Father Demetrios Costantelos, Ph.D., D.D., who is an esteemed professor (emeritus), a well known author and a highly regarded and respected theologian and scholar of Byzantine Civilization and Hellenism. Fr. Constantelos offered a scholarly, thoughtful and at times humorous talk on the meaning of the word “presvytera”. He wrote it in verse and as he delivered it, you could hear a pin drop in the hall. He received a well-deserved standing ovation. Fr. Costantelos was introduced by his niece, Cathy Ziccarelly.
Biographies and photographs of the honored presvyteres were in the beautiful program prepared by Tina Ganiaris King. The biographies of the presvyteres showed that our presvyteres are women of faith who not only support every aspect of the church and church community, but they are also professional women that are counselors, teachers, scientists, book-editors, community leaders, business women, organizers as well as wives, mothers and grandmothers.
There was a raffle of three wonderful prizes. Our resident artist, presvytera Joan Ganiaris, donated a beautiful water color of a scene in the Berkshires. A beautiful icon of Christ in gold and hammered silver was donated by Vickie Karakasidis. The third prize was a big basket filled with Greek delicacies. The lucky winners were overjoyed!
Our own George Tsavalas, a fabulous photographer, was using his magic camera all evening to save memories of this wonderful event. Our amazing chef Demetri Halakos prepared an elegant dinner that received raves. Our Philoptochos pastry experts made a mouth watering galactoboureko that was a big hit.
Our committee was co-chaired by Vickie Karakasidis and Yvonne Vassilatos. Pauline Snell handled all the reservations and tickets. Georgia Halakos, our parish council president, and Katie Geanopulos, our Philoptochos president, were also involved in the planning of this event. Susie Kelleher was a great help with the publicity of the event. We would like to thank the church organizations and individuals for their donations.
We of the Saint Agape Philoptochos are proud of all our presvyteres, past and present. We took just a moment in our lives to say thank you – ΕΥΧΑΡΙΣΤΩ – to these amazing women, our presvyteres.