Established in 1931 by the late Ecumenical Patriarch, Athenagoras I, and greatly expanded in Canada in 1974 by His Eminence Metropolitan Archbishop Sotirios, Philoptochos Societies are an important part of the Greek Orthodox parishes everywhere.
Philoptochos functions at the local and archdiocesan level. Philoptochos supports many charities while spiritually enriching its members through their participation in its work.
“It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35)
The word Philoptochos means “friend of the poor”. They help those who are poor in financial and material resources. But also those who are poor in health, poor in companionship, poor in emotional stability and poor in whatever is needed to lead a fulfilling life.
Every woman in our parish churches is automatically entitled to become a member of Philoptochos and give her time and effort in order to promote the many outstanding ministries within the Greek Orthodox Church.
The benevolent works of Philoptochos are a continuation of Christ’s ministry on earth. Each member has an opportunity, through her participation in the ministries and programs of Philoptochos, to return to God a portion of the time, talents and resources with which He has gifted her. Most importantly, a member reaps the rewards that fellowship and sisterhood can offer to enrich her life.