Saints Constantine and Helen
Greek Orthodox Church
Lancaster, California
/ Philoptochos
What is Philoptochos


Established in 1931 by the late Eumenical Patriarch Athenagoras I, and greatly expanded by His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos, Philoptochos societies are an important part of Greek Orthodox parishes everywhere. Philoptochos functions at the local, metropolitan, national, and international levels. The largest organization of Greek Orthodox women, Philoptochos supports many charities while spiritually enriching its members through their participation in its works.

Freely you have received, freely give. (Matthew 10:8)

The word Philoptochos means "friend of the poor."


Who are the poor?


Those who are poor in financial and material resources. But also, those who are poor in spirit, poor in health, poor in companionship, poor in emotional stability and poor in whatever is needed to lead a fulfilling life.


The benevolent works of Philoptochos are a continuation of Christ's ministry on earth. We have an opportunity through our participation in the ministries and programs of Philoptochos to return to God a portion of the time, talents, and resources with which He has gifted us.


Why become an active member of Philoptochos?


Since every woman in our parish Churches is automatically entitled to become a member of Philoptochos, why join formally? Because we need your talents to become a part of a group of committed women who give their time and efforts to many outstanding ministries within the Greek Orthodox Church.

National Charities include:
Academy of St. Basil
Cancer Fund
Children's Cardiac Fund
Children's Medical Fund
Ecumenical Patriarchate
National Philoptochos Emergency Fund
General Medical Fund
Hellenic College Holy Cross School of Theology
International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC)
National Sisterhood of Presvyteres
Orthodox Christian Mission Cener and Support a Mission Priest
Retired Clergy Assn.
Saint Photios Shrine
75th Anniversary Founders Fund
Social Services
Metropolis of San Francisco Charities include:
Student Aid
Emergency Relief Fund
Kids 'N Cancer
St. Nicholas Ranch Philoptochos Lodge
Pennies & Prayers
Women's Health & Wellness
Local Charities include:
Meals on Wheels (Antelope Valley Committee on Aging)
Trinity Foster Care, Lancaster
Saddle Up Therapeutic riding Center (Accredited by NARHA)
Benevolence Fund
Become a member and reap the rewards that fellowship and sisterhood can offer to enrich your life.

Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church

43404 30th St West; Lancaster, CA 93536‎

Phone: (661) 945-1212