What is Philoptochos?

The name means "Friends of the poor"

However, Philoptochos is much more. It is a natural network of Greek Orthodox Women that works!

Each Chapter works in its own community, and all Chapters work together nationally under the auspices of the Archdiocese, in order to “preserve the faith, educate the young, and help those less fortunate”

Our Mission

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 help 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.

Our Prayer

O Lord Jesus Christ, we bow our heads before You, and with humble hearts we give thanks to You for the abundant blessings, which You have poured forth upon us. We praise You for gathering us together as members of the Ladies Philoptochos Society in the service to Your Holy Church. We bless You for the selfless sacrifice of countless generations of women who have faithfully fulfilled the philanthropic mission entrusted to them. Through Your ineffable wisdom and Your Divine power, You have enabled us to minister to those who are in need of Your love, Your comfort, and Your care. Make us instruments of Your peace and of Your hope, O Lord. Where there is pain and suffering, may we bring Your healing and comfort. Where there is loneliness and isolation, may we bring the fellowship of Your Holy Church. Where there is despair and discouragement, may we inspire hope and faith in You. Where there is hatred and strife, may we be peacemakers producing the fruits of love and reconciliation.

We also ask You, O Lord, to guide our deliberations, our decisions, our fellowship, and all our labors, so that in all we do, or say, we may bring glory to Your Holy Name, of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Our Chapter

The Chapter was organized and recognized by the National Philoptochos on August 25th, 1997.

 The Chapter was named after founding member Virginia Makrides in 2009.


Confidential assistance is available! Do you know someone who needs help a friendly call or visit?

If so contact the church office at 301-663-0663. Philoptochos can help.

Our Board Members are:

Marie Carras, Senior Advisor

Maria Moungelis Bedard, President

Denise West, Treasurer

Georgette Calomeris, Assistant Treasurer

Pauline Jiffas, Secretary

Star Kline

Donna Moore

Sue Manos

Deb Zoulias

Our Charities

Local Philoptochos Charities

  • Mission of Mercy

  • Frederick Rescue Mission

  • Frederick Food Bank

  • Building Veterans

  • Salvation Army Christmas Stockings

  • IOCC Emergency Kits

  • Children’s AGAPE Foundation of the Greater Washington Area

  • Soles of Love

  • Blessings in a Back Pack

  • SHIP – Student Homelessness Initative Partnership

  • Kline Hospice HouseNational Philoptochos Society

  • RETRO Party

National Philoptochos Charities

  • Academy of Saint Basil
  • Autism Assistance Fund 

  • Ecumenical Patriarchate

  • National Philoptochos Emergency Fund

  • General Medical Fund

  • Hellenic College Holy Cross School of Theology 

  • International Orthodox Christian Charities

  • National Sisterhood of Presvyteres Benevolent Fund

  • Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF)

  • Orthodox Christian Mission Center and Support a Mission Priest

  • Retired Clergy and Widowed Presvyteres Benevolent Fund

  • Saint Photios Shrine

  • Seventy-Fifth Anniversary Founders Fund

  • Social Services

  • United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund

Our Partners

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North America


Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society


Saints Peter & Paul Greek Orthodox Church