The term Philoptochos is comprised of two Greek words and translates into “friends of the poor”.
From its inception in 1931 by the late Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras I, Philoptochos has exemplified Christian Stewardship in nearly every area.

It’s mission can be summarized by these points:

  • To aid the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widow, the handicapped, the victims of disasters, to undertake the burial of the impoverished persons and to offer assistance to anyone who my need the help of the Church through fund raising efforts
  • 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 the participation in the activities of the Greek Orthodox community, with the cooperation of the Parish Priest and the Parish Council.
For more information regarding our local Philoptochos chapter, please contact Helen Rankin at or 514-530-4771.