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.

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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 2015 - 2017 Philoptochos Board were held on Monday, September 28, 2015.  We would like to congratulate and welcome the following individuals to their new positions:

  • Thalia Kefalas - Advisor

  • Tia Saffo - President

  • Debbie Rallis - Vice President

  • Irene Sotiriou - Recording Secretary

  • Evgenia Karonis - Corresponding Secretary

  • Irene Voneiff - Treasurer

  • Mary Beth Miliotis - Assistant Treasurer

  • Helen Kaprantzas

  • Sue Lawler

  • Courtney Malahias

  • Sandra Papanikolaou

  • Athena Poulos

  • Kay Skandalakis

  • Maria Stasios

  • Kitsa Wiersteiner

We would like to thank the following individuals who served as Board Officers during the 2013 - 2015 term:
Thalia Kefalas, Athena Poulos, Courtney Malahias, Ann Pinkston, Mary Beth Miliotis and Sandra Papanikolaou.
Your time and dedication was truly appreciated.

We are looking forward to the next two years.  The Membership drive for 2016 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! We have our General Meetings on the 1st Sunday of each month. 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:

"Swearing of the 2015-2017 Philoptochos Board Photo", St. Nicholas Sanctuary, September 13th, 2015.
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, 2015-2017 Board members
after the divine liturgy on September 13th, 2015.

"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, Nick & Tia Saffo Residence, Sunday, May 22nd, 2016.


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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