St. Nicholas Ladies Philoptochos Society
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What is Philoptochos?
St. Nicholas Philoptochos Society provides the women of our parish with opportunities to use their God-given gifts in the service of the Church and Community. Always, women have been a vital force and source of strength for the Church, dating from the Theotokos. Literally meaning, “friend of the poor,” Philoptochos in practice means meeting the needs of our Church, its members, the local needy, and the Orthodox community worldwide. Established in 1931 by Archbishop Athenagouras, Philoptochos Societies are found in Orthodox parishes everywhere. Each functions at the local, diocesan, national and international level. Being the largest organization of Greek Orthodox women, and one of the largest women’s organizations in America, the Philoptochos supports many charities while spiritually enriching its members through their participation in its works.
What Does Philoptochos Do?
Through major fundraisers such as the annual dinner and other functions, the Philoptochos supports needy individuals, families and various charities and institutions such as:
American Cancer Society
Memorial Sloan Kettering Children’s Cancer Fund
Ronald McDonald House
Guide Dog Foundation
American Red Cross
Holy Protection Monastery
Local and Foreign Disasters
Parish School Scholarships and Awards
Local Welfare Emergencies
Hellenic College/Holy Cross Seminary
St. Michael’s Home for the Aged
Ecumenical Patriarchate Charities
Orthodox Campus Ministry
Sisterhood of St. Basil Academy
National Children’s Cardiac Fund
St. Photios Shrine
Foreign Missions Projects
St. Basil’s Academy
The Academy at Garrison, NY is the Child Care Center of our church, housing and educating children with special needs from across the nation. It is a major project of the Philoptochos and our chapter supports it primarily through the annual Vasilopeta at New Year’s.
What Are the Aims and Purposes?
To cooperate with the Parsh Priest and Council in promoting the participartion in the activities of the Greek Orthodox Community and the Civic Community of which they are a part.
To promote the charitable, philanthropic and benevolent purpose of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
To formulate plans and methods to voluntarily aid those of all ages through crisis and turmoil and all others who may need the help of the Church.
To preserve the sacredness of the Orthodox Family, perpetuate the Christian concept of marriage and upbringing of children and through it promote the Greek Orthodox faith and traditions.
Come Join Us!
We invite you to join our dynamic and growing St. Nicholas Philoptochos. We need your talents and skills, be they in leadership, organization, special events, planning and presentation, graphic arts, decorating, floral design, fashion, public and press relations, sales, food preparation, food service, writing, translation or calligraphy.
Our work will provide you with opportunities to express yourself in the areas of your choosing and during times convenient to your busy schedule.
Most important, your work, service and support will give you the opportunity to fulfill the very special responsibility of Christians – to aid and assist those in need of your love and support.
Please fill out a membership form and return it to the church. You will receive a membership card by return mail. Or do join us at our annual membership tea and become a member.
We look forward to working with you and hearing your ideas on making this a most successful year for the St. Nicholas Philoptochos.
Regular Membership – Women of Greek Orthodox Faith, 18 years of age or older, married or single, widowed, divorced or separated.
Associate and Supporting Membership – Non-Greek Orthodox wives of Greek Orthodox marriage are eligible for membership as associate members. Men of the Greek Orthodox faith may be supporting members without the right to vote.