Ascension of Our Lord Philoptochos
Click HERE to view the 2016/17 General Meeting Calendar
For more information, please email Anna Duros, Philoptochos President
2015-2017 Ascension of Our Lord Philoptochos Board
CHURCH RIDE SHARING: Do you need a ride to church or are you able to provide a ride for someone else? Philoptochos can help facilitate a match between drivers and riders so everyone who would like to attend church or church meetings is able. Contact Annette Sutherland (847-224-7126 or email@example.com) to sign up. Thank you!
2016/17 WELCOME LETTER from Anna Duros, Philoptochos President
We welcome you to another year of compassionate giving and fellowship! Philoptochos has been the Philanthropic arm of the Orthodox Church for over 80 years and it is a testament to our membership that our past is so rich, our present so vibrant, and our future dynamic. As a steward of Philoptochos, you will have the opportunity to meet new people, share experiences, knowledge, and laughter. We welcome you with open arms to join us in making a difference!
Each chapter and every member is an integral part of the ministry. The dedication and love of human kind is evident in the work that the Philoptochos does to provide to those in need around the world. Since the formation of the Philoptochos society, members have helped those who have fallen ill; given peace and hope to those who need spiritual uplifting and support; provided for those who lack basic needs. Philoptochos is compassion; it is love; it is strength! We hope that you, too, will be a member of this ministry.
Our membership drive is an invitation to all in our parish family over the age of 18. We look forward to having current members renew their membership and commitment. We invite and welcome those who are not already members to join our award winning Ascension Chapter. The 2016-17 membership form and our General Meeting schedule can be found at the links on the top of this page.
Again, we look forward to raising the work of our ministry to new heights and invite you to join. It is our hope that the work that has been done in the past and the incredible opportunities that we have going forward will inspire all of us! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anna Duros, President
Ascension of Our Lord Philoptochos Chapter
Our mission is to use our philanthropic efforts to willingly serve the needs of those who are poor in health, spirit and basic sustenance. Our focus is to achieve spiritual growth and enlightenment in order to accomplish our endeavors together in accordance with God’s will and within the teachings of our Greek Orthodox faith.
The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, the official philanthropic organization of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, was established in November, 1931, by the late Patriarch Athenagoras I, who was then serving as Archbishop in North and South America.
The members of Philoptochos are dedicated church women (and men) who offer countless hours to the philanthropic, humanitarian, and Christian mission of the Church.
There are over 500 Philoptochos chapters in the United States. The National Philoptochos President is responsible for coordinating the National Board, the Diocesan Boards and the local Philoptochos chapters in every parish of the Archdiocese.
PHILOPTOCHOS AIMS AND PURPOSE
The main aim and purpose of Philoptochos is philanthropy, the loving care of human sufferings. Our goal is to help the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the elderly, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widowed, the disabled and victims of disasters whether in our country or wherever the need arises.
In addition to these philanthropic endeavors, the Philoptochos chapters are to preserve the sacredness of the Orthodox family through family concern, service, unity of action; to perpetuate the Christian concept of marriage and upbringing of children and through it perpetuate and promote the Greek Orthodox Faith and traditions in conformity with its doctrines, canons, discipline, divine worship, and customs.
Our sacred mission is to help at all levels of our church in cooperation with our parish priest for the welfare of our church communities and the Orthodox Church in the United States. Our mission is to be achieved through our charitable and philanthropic efforts as well as through the sponsorship of educational programs that will continue to enlighten us and our fellow parishioners in our communities.
Ascension Of Our Lord Greek Orthodox Church
Finding of the Relics of Cyrus and John the Unmercenaries; Pappias the Martyr; Righteous Fathers Sergius and Herman, Founders of Valaam Monastery; Synaxis of the Icon of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos ; Paul the Physician of Corinth; Sergios the Magister