St. Barbara's Philoptochos Society
The Benevolent works of Philoptochos are a continuation of Christ's ministry on earth. We have an opportunity through our participation in the charitable work of Philoptochos to return to God a portion of the time, talents, and resources with which he has gifted us.
Established in 1931 by late Ecumenical 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, diocesan, national, and international level. The largest organization of Greek Orthodox women and the second largest ladies philanthropic society in the United States, Philoptochos supports many charities while spiritually enhancing its members through their participation in its work.
Every woman in Greek Orthodox parish churches is entitled to become a member. Philoptochos needs women who are willing to commit some amount of time, no matter how small, to work which directly or indirectly, will help ease the suffering of fellow men and women, and especially children, in some way.
The challenge Philoptochos faces today is to meet the need for new members with innovative ideas and vitality to continue the important charitable work begun by their mothers and grandmothers. The work they would do may not be the same, but the good they would provide would be: continuing Christ's ministry on earth by helping the physically and spiritually infirm.
Please become a member of Philoptochos and place your name among those who support Christ's work and love for men and women here on earth.
Newly Elected Philoptochos 2019-2021 Officers
President - Vicki Konstandakis
1st Vice President - Elaine Sgouros
2nd Vice President - Kay Kriketos
Recording Secretary - Mary-Anne Schubert
Corresponding Secretary - Katina Ioakimidis
Treasurer - Kathy VanKuilenburg
Asst Treasurer - Vicky Katis
Advisor - Crystal Iakovou
Philoptochos Board Members
Angela Arvanitis, Despina Bouboulis, Eleni Georgacopoulos,
Maria Karras, Eleni Pesiridis, Toula Skourides, Despina Speros,
Andrea Stanitsas, and Aristea Tsitsopoulos
Forefeast of the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary; The Holy Prophet Michaias (Micah); Holy Hieromartyr Marcellus, Bishop of Apameia; Holy New Martyr Symeon of Trapezoundos (1653)