The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, Inc., is the duly accredited women's philanthropic society of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The mission of the Society shall be:
To help the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widowed, the handicapped, the victims of disasters, to undertake the burial of impoverished persons and to offer assistance to anyone who may need the help of the Church through fund raising efforts; and
To promote the charitable, benevolent, and philanthropic purposes of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, through instructional programs, presentations, lectures, seminars and other educational resources;
To preserve and perpetuate Orthodox Christian concepts and the Orthodox Christian Family, and through them, to promote the Greek Orthodox Faith and traditions, in accordance with its doctrines, canons, discipline, divine worship, usages and customs;
To promote participation in the activities of the Greek Orthodox community, with the cooperation of the Parish Priest and the Parish Council.
The charitable work of the Society shall be performed with discretion, courtesy and kindness.
- Haritomeni Frangias, President
- Evelyn Rockas, 1st Vice President
- Tina Manolakos, 2nd Vice President
- Stacey Yavorski, Treasurer
- Helen Papadopoulos, Recording Secretary/Corresponding Secretary
- Tracey Franggos, Advisor to the Board
Board of Directors
- Bonnie Antoniou
- Barbara Falardeau
- Anna Agouridis
- Debbie Pantazelos
- Irene Martinoli
- Mary Limberakis
- Helen Nikolouzos
- Ruth Morfis
- Louisa Simpson
- Peggy Triantafilou
- Joan Tsapatsaris
Who We Are
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.