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 Sisterhood of Presvyteres Orthodox Christian Mission Cener and Support a Mission Priest Retired Clergy Assn. Saint Photios Shrine 75th Anniversary Founders Fund Social Services UNICEF 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, LancasterSaddle 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.