St. Nicholas Ladies of Philoptochos Society
"Enosis" Chapter #5027

"Philoptochos Logo" "Saints Cosmas & Damianos The Holy Unmercenaries, Patron Saints of the National Philoptochos Society"
Saint Cosmas & Damianos the Holy Unmercenaries,
Patron Saints of the National Philoptochos Society.
Please click on the image above for information on the saints.

"St. Nicholas GOC Ladies of Philoptochos ENOSIS #5027 Chapter - 'United in Embrace'"

St. Nicholas GOC Ladies of Philoptochos
"ENOSIS" #5027 Chapter

"Be The Bee #106 | Do More Doing"
Inspired by the wonderful work of

Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society


"To promote charitable, benevolent and philanthropic outreach to preserve the sanctity of life and family and to perpetuate and promote our Orthodox faith and traditions." 

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 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.

Please visit the National Philoptochos Society site for more information.


Officer elections for the 2017 - 2019 Philoptochos Board were held on Sunday, June 18, 2017.  We would like to congratulate and welcome the following individuals to their new positions:

  • Stamatia Saffo - Advisor

  • Debra Rallis - President

  • Daphne Snow - First Vice President

  • Maria Stasios - Second Vice President

  • Irene Sotiriou - Recording Secretary

  • Evyenia Karonis - Corresponding Secretary

  • Irene Voneiff - Treasurer

  • Argiro Brown - Assistant Treasurer

  • Presvytera Barbara Emanuelson

  • Helen Kaprantzas

  • Courtney Malahias

  • Sandra Papanikolaou

  • Eleni Pappamihiel

  • Joanne Simotas

  • Renee Theophilos

We would like to thank all the individuals who served as Board Officers during the 2015 - 2017 term:
Thalia Kefalas, Stamatia Saffo, Debra Rallis, Irene Sotiriou, Evyenia Karonis, Irene Voneiff and Mary Beth Miliotis.
Your time and dedication was truly appreciated!

We are looking forward to the next two years.  The Membership drive for 2018 will begin in December.  We invite all the women of our community to join.  Philoptochos is an organization of Orthodox Christian women dedicated to serving the needy and assisting the church and its community. The contributions and support of members of all ages and backgrounds are needed in order for Philoptochos to outreach successfully. Furthermore, we invite all ladies 18 years and older to attend our meetings and offer your ideas. Let us all work as a team. If we compliment one another our job is more pleasant and less tiresome! Please see the online church calendar and bulletins for our upcoming meetings. We look forward to working together with all the members of the community in making OUR Enosis Chapter #5027 a strong and vital part of the St. Nicholas family!


Please see below information about various PHILOPTOCHOS events:

"Ladies of Philoptochos 'Vassilopita Sunday", Following Divine Liturgy, Sunday ~ January 6th.
St. Nicholas Ladies of Philoptochos
"Vassilopita Sunday"
January 6th, 2019
Following Divine Liturgy

"Swearing of the 2017-2019 Philoptochos Board Photo", St. Nicholas Sanctuary, June 18th, 2017.
Metropolis of Atlanta Agape Luncheon Celebration
Hosted by St. Nicholas Ladies of Philoptochos

Country Club of Landfall
800 Sun Runner Place
Wilmington, NC 28405

October 10th, 2015
Please click on the slideshow above to view
the photo album of the event.
Swearing of the St. Nicholas Ladies of Philoptochos Society,
"Enosis" Chapter #5027, 2017-2019 Board members
after the divine liturgy on June 18th, 2017.

"Swearing of the 2017-2019 Philoptochos Board Photo", St. Nicholas Sanctuary, June 18th, 2017.

Swearing of the St. Nicholas Ladies of Philoptochos Society,
"Enosis" Chapter #5027, 2017-2019 Board members
after the divine liturgy on June 18th, 2017.

"Ladies of Philoptochos End of Year Social Event, Nick & Tia Saffo Residence, Sunday ~ May 22nd, 2016."

St. Nicholas Ladies of Philoptochos End of Year Social Event, Seapath, Wrightsville Beach, Sunday, May 28th, 2015.


The patron Saints of the national Philoptochos Society are Saints Cosmas and Damianos shown in the icon at the top of this page. During the 4th century, Cosmas and Damianos were physician brothers who became known as the Holy “Unmercenaries.” Their fame spread throughout the Empire as they invariably assisted the poor and the afflicted without the desire for any compensation. Because of the similar Christian dedication to the poor and the destitute, the Philoptochos Society chose to celebrate the founding of their organization with the feast day of these saints, which is November 1.

Literally, the word Philoptochos is the compound Greek word, “philos” and “ptochos” which mean “friend of the poor —not only poor in financial resources but also poor in spirit, poor in health, poor in companionship, poor in emotional stability and poor in whatever is needed to lead a fulfilling life.

Since 1931, when it was established by the late Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras I, Philoptochos has been the largest organization of Greek Orthodox women which supports many charities while spiritually enriching its members through their participation in its philanthropic work.

In all the years of existence, we can proudly state that Philoptochos is the largest Christian women’s philanthropic organization in the United States. Nationwide it is second only to the Sisterhood of Hadassah,
the Jewish women’s charitable group.

Philoptochos functions at the local, diocesan, archdiocesan, metropolitan, national, and international levels and is open to all women over 18 years old who are of the Greek Orthodox faith.
It is your right and your privilege to be a member of Philoptochos.

If you have not already signed up to be a member of our St. Nicholas Ladies Philoptochos
please consider doing so today!
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