Philoptochos

WHAT IS PHILOPTOCHOS?

Freely you have received, freely give.  (Matthew 10:8)

Established in 1931 by the late Ecumenical Patriarch, Athenagoras I, and greatly expanded by His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos, Philoptochos Societies are an important part of Greek Orthodox parishes everywhere.  Philoptochos functions at the local, diocesan, national, and international level.  The largest organization of Greek Orthodox women, Philoptochos supports many charities while spiritually enriching its members through their participation in its work. 

The word Philoptochos means “friend of the poor.”  Who are the poor?  Those who are poor in financial and material resources, yes, but also, those who are poor in spirit, poor in health, poor in companionship, poor in emotional stability, and poor in whatever is needed to lead a fulfilling life.

WHO CAN BE A MEMBER OF PHILOPTOCHOS?

1. Full Membership
Women of the Orthodox Faith of at least 18 years of age shall be eligible for full membership in the Organization.

2. Associate Membership
A.  A non-Orthodox woman married to an Orthodox shall be eligible for Associate Membership in the Organization.
B.  Men are eligible for Associate Membership if they are Orthodox or married to an Orthodox woman.  Men are encouraged to join.

An Associate Member shall be entitled to attend all general meetings of the Chapter, may be an active participant in all functions and committees, and shall enjoy all privileges of membership excepting the right to vote or hold office. 

WHY SHOULD YOU JOIN PHILOPTOCHOS?

Your active and/or financial support enables the Philoptochos Society to be effective as a contributor to charitable organizations and to assist in fulfilling the needs of the parish.  The greater the support, the greater the potential of Philoptochos to fulfill and expand its ministries. 

Even if you are unable to give of your time and talent, your financial commitment is beneficial and most appreciated.

Our goal is to have every woman of the parish be a member of Philoptochos.
The benevolent works of Philoptochos are a continuation of Christ’s ministry on earth.  We have an opportunity, through our 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 us.

WHAT DOES PHILOPTOCHOS DO?

Our Philoptochos chapter membership is on a stewardship pledge basis, each contributing member pledging annually an amount according to her/his ability and willingness to give.  Local chapters must forward $5.00 to the Diocese Philoptochos and $7.00 to the National Philoptochos for each contributing member.  The remainder of your pledge benefits our local chapter.  Therefore, the more generous you can be the more fully we can support our own chapter ministries and activities. 

Your membership pledge is allocated as follows:

NATIONAL MINISTRIES ($7)

National Welfare
St. Basil Academy
Children’s Cardiac Program
Ecumenical Patriarchate
St. Photios Shrine
Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology
National Cancer Fund
Archdiocesan Missions
Ecumenical Outreach
UNICEF

DIOCESE MINISTRIES ($5)

Kids ‘n’ Cancer
Pennies & Prayers for Missions
Holy Cross Student Aid Endowment Fund
Emergency Relief
Education
St. Nicholas Ranch & Retreat Center

CHAPTER MINISTRIES

(Remainder of Pledge)
Scholarship Fund
Shut-in Visitations
Marin Housing Center
St. Eugene’s Hermitage/Holy Cross Convent
Marin Food Bank
Guadalupe Homes for Children
Emergency Relief