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Philoptochos or "friends of the poor" is a philanthropic Ministry of St. Vasilios, primarily dedicated to local and national support of charitable organizations and individuals. Aside from benevolence on an individual basis, this group maintains an ongoing program of philanthropic projects which support St. Basil Academy, an Archdiocesan school for needy children, the Benevolence Fund of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the National Philoptochos Children's Open Heart Surgery Program and the Cyprus Children's Fund.
We also maintain a program of visitation and gift-giving to parish elders who are nursing home patients, and of other programs too numerous to mention here. In addition to its philanthropic endeavors, Philoptochos generously supports parish capital projects and provides numerous fellowship opportunities, beyond our community, through social events and an active and extensive travel program.
The Philoptochos would like to thank the clergy, the parish council, and the entire community for supporting our work so generously. It is this wonderful spirit, the spirit of the Saint Vasilios’ community, which makes it possible for us to receive these national honors.
The Patron Saints of Philoptochos are Sts. Cosmas and Damianos, the Holy Unmercenaries. They were physicians who tended to the poor and afflicted without compensation except to ask the healed that they confess and believe in Christ. Their lives ended in martyrdom in the year 284, under the Roman Emperors Carinus and Numerian.
Philoptochos invites all women of our Church over the age of 18 to become a part of our great cause in helping others, providing hope, kindness, courage and love.
Our President can be contacted at Neasmirni8615@aol.com or (978) 532-5782.