About Philoptochos

The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society is the international women’s philanthropic organization of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.  The word “Philoptochos” in Greek means “friend of the poor” and has been in existence since 1931.

It is made up of a group of Orthodox Christian women who join together to serve God and His Church by giving aid to individuals, charities, and their own parish church.  In doing so, we find that in addition to the joy of giving and helping, a spirit of fellowship is created, and treasured friendships are formed.

The Philoptochos chapter at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in St Augustine is named for the Dormition and Assumption of the Virgin Mary (“Kimisis Tis Theotokou”) and celebrates that feast day on August 15 with a “Panygyri” (celebration) at our church.

Our Philoptochos works with parish outreach programs as well as supporting St.Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine in St Augustine.  It organizes a variety of fundraising activities throughout the year to support its philanthropic programs, including a popular annual fashion show.

If you are an Orthodox Christian and wish to become a member of our parish and our local Philoptochos chapter, please call the church office for contact information (904-829-0504).