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St. Philothea Philoptochos Society
Chapter #1034
Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral

St. John the Theologian

Tenafly, New Jersey

Patron Saint of our Chapter
Feast Day: February 19th
Faith in Action





President: Maria Kamilaris
1st Vice President: Audrey Soussou
2nd Vice President: Anna Lilikas
Treasurer: Aspasia Paneratos
Assistant Treasurer: Agatha Xenopoulos
Recording Secretary: Annemarie Chicles
Corresponding Secretary: Francesca Puelo

Advisor to the board: Stella Baker


Athena Apostle     
Poly Derdemezis
Georgia Chistofidis
Gena Dongaris
Anastasia Economos
Elizabeth Goldman
Katina Halikias*
Vivian Karsos
Joanne Kontos
Effie Michalos
Rena Pirsos
Effie Popovski
Sotiroula Sava

HONORARY BOARD MEMBERS: Barbara Kostakis, Harriett Nikolaidis, Koula Poneros, Marina Philiou

National Philoptochos Honorary Board Member,  NJ Metropolis Philoptochos Honorary Board Member, NJ Metropolis Philoptochos Past President - Aspasia Melis
National Philoptochos Board Member,, NJ Metropolis Philoptochos Honorary Board Member - Stella Baker

NJ Metropolis Philoptochos Executive Board Members

Barbara Kostakis, Treasurer
Harriet Nikolaidis, Assistant Treasurer
Cathedral Proistamenos: Rev. Fr. Angelo Artemas, Spiritual Advisor
(*Chapter Past Presidents)

Annually the St. Philothea Chapter raises and distributes

funds to aid charitable organizations and to assist  

local individuals and families.


Alzheimer’s Association—Greater NJ Chapter
Autism Speaks
American Cancer Society
(Memorial Sloan Kettering Walk sponsorship)
Lustgarten Foundation
Englewood Hospital—Leslie Simon Breast Care
Hackensack University Medical Center—
Tomorrows Children/Greek Medical Fund
Betty Torricelli Institute for Breast Care
Ronald McDonald’s House-Greek Division
St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital
Multiple Myeloma
Lampidis Cancer Research
Feeding the Homeless/Needy
Food Pantry/Food Bank
Hackensack Family Promise
Veteran Support
Doctors Without Borders
Center for Hope & Safety
Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund
National Down’s Syndrome Society
Project Mexico- Orphanage
Special Olympics New Jersey
Deidra’s House-Child victims of abuse
Hellenic Relief Foundation
Shriner’s Children’s Hospital
OCPM Prison Ministry
Operation Classroom - “The Comfort Closet”
SPARK of Faith Hope & Love: Aid to Greece & Cyprus
ZOE for Life
St. Basil’s Academy
IOCC—International Orthodox Christian Charities
St. Michael’s Home for the Aged
St. Nicholas G.O. Church and National Shrine


The official Emblem of Philoptochos is the Byzantine Cross
presenting  Saints Cosmas and Damianos, the Patron Saints of National Philoptochos 
whose name day is celebrated on November 1st



Greek Orthodox
Ladies Philoptochos Society

Philoptochos “friends of the poor”
is the philanthropic arm of
The Greek Orthodox
Archdiocese of America
It is the largest Christian women’s organization
in the United States with more than 500
chapters and over 25,000 members—
each continuing Christ’s ministry on earth
and giving their time and talents to
improve the lives of those in need.


Philoptochos was founded by immigrant women
of various communities, seeking to give what little
they had to assist others more needy than themselves.
These community organizations were centered
around each Greek Orthodox Church and
were unified and established as the
National Greek Ladies Philoptochos Society
in 1931 by the then Archbishop of North & South America
His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras I of blessed memory.




National Philoptochos Commitments are adopted
by Chapter delegates at the National Philoptochos
Biennial Conventions and approved by
His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros.
A description of each can be found at

Membership Per-capita
Academy of Saint Basil-support for Academy
Autism Assistance Fund
Cancer Fund
St. Photios National Shrine- First Greek Colony
Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC)- International Missionaries
Support a Mission Priest (SAMP)-International
Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology (HC/HC)
Sisterhood of Academy of St. Basil’s Provisions for the Children
IOCC—International Orthodox Christian Charities
75th Anniversary Fund – Nursing homes/elder care
Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF)- College outreach
HC/HC Scholarships (Holy Cross)
Retired Clergy/Widowed Presvyteres Fund
National Emergency Fund
APC/NCP Benevolent Fund- Emergency Assistance
United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)
General Medical Fund
Biennial Convention
Biennial Children’s Medical Fund Luncheon
Hurricane/Disaster Relief
Aid to Greece and Cyprus
Social Services



Membership Per-capita
Metropolis Office Fund
Metropolis Social Services
Ecumenical Patriarchate School Initiative
Metropolis Philoptochos Conference
Special Events & Appeals


Through a discreet and private vetting process,
each case is documented and approved by the
membership and our grants help to prevent evictions,
foreclosures, and utility shut-offs;
assist victims of domestic violence;
contribute to uncovered medical costs;
assist with daily living costs of food and
clothing through supermarket or department
store gift cards; and contribute to funerals of
indigent members of our community.
If you know someone in need, please let us know.


In addition to our chapter commitments
we also offer support to our Cathedral and
its organizations at special events,
the holidays and our festival.


Born Revoula (Paraskevoula) Benizelos in
Athens, Greece in 1522to a wealthy byzantine
family during the Turkish occupation,
she was betrothed, at age 12, to a nobleman who
brutally abused her during their three years of
marriage. After he died, she dedicated her life to
God. She took the name Philothea (friend of God),
built a convent for women, founded schools,
protected women from Turkish abductions,
cared for the poor and sick, and ultimately
was martyred for her faithfulness.
St. Philothea is the Patron Saint of Athens, Greece.


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 aid 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 fundraising 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 Parish Council.
The Charitable work of the Society
shall be promoted with discretion,
courtesy, and kindness.


St. Philothea Philoptochos Society
Chapter #1034
has grown to be one of the largest chapters in the
United States of America.

Join the Philanthropic arm of our church and become a member of the army
of women who believe that one person can make a difference to those in need.”

St. Philothea Philoptochos Society

His Eminence Archbishop Elpithophoros

Rev. Fr. Angelo Artemas, Cathedral Proistamenos

To become a steward please complete form below.

Return it with your donation to:

St. Philothea Philoptochos Society

353 East Clinton Avenue

Tenafly, NJ 07670

Suggested minimum donation: $35

Which includes Philoptochos stewardship for

National ($15), Metropolis ($8) & Chapter ($12)

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