St Anna's Philoptochos


St. Anna's Philoptochos, Cathedral of St. Paul, Hempstead, NY, held its annual Membership Recognition Reception Ceremonies in October. Special "certificates of appreciation for their membership" were awarded to this year's women who reached the 25 and 50 year membership mark this year. A delightful reception was held in their honor, and each received an icon of St. Anna, the Patron Saint of the chapter. This Recognition event is held annually to salute and thank these women who have been active members and participated in the various activities associated with the chapter. St. Anna's was first chartered in l948!

St Annas Philoptochos Recognition Reception


Philoptochos, literally meaning "friend of the poor", is one of the oldest philanthropic organizations of the Church. The mission of Philoptochos is to promote charitable, benevolent and philanthropic assistance to the poor, the umemployed, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the orphaned and to others who may need assistance. The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society is the nation's second largest non-profit woman's organization in the country and is the philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox Church. Our chapter contributes to national, diocesan, community and local charities.

St. Anna's Philoptochos was established in St. Paul's on January 20,1948. Over the many years we have contributed to: St. Basil's Academy, Social Services, Autism Funds, St. Photios Shrine, St. Michael's Home for the Aged, Make A Wish Foundation, OCMC, Hellenic College of Holy Cross, IOCC,OCF, Cancer Funds,Ecumenical Patriarchate, UNICEF and many medical funds.

On a national level, Philoptochos has donated more than eight million dollars to charities since January 2001. You can join our chapter for a donation of $30. a year. Men are welcome to join as associate members.


President Soteroula Constantinou
1st Vice President Callie Papazicos
2nd Vice President Georgia Vlogianitis
Corresponding Secretary Joanne Crokos
Recording Secretary Mary Ebbets
Treasurer Demetra Jannes
Assistant Treasurer Sharon Panos
Advisor Past President Athena Kallinikos


To promote charitable and benevolent programs, to aid those in need, and to preserve the sacredness of the Orthodox family. Some of our distributions have helped:

  • Alzheimer's Fund Mauer Foundation for Women with Breast Cancer
  • Camp Agape for children with cancer
  • St. Mary's Children's Foundation
  • Make-A-Wish Foster Foundation
  • St. Michaels' Home for the Aged Shoes for Orphan Souls
  • St. Nicholas Autism Foundation
  • St. Basil's Academy
  • IOCC – Int'l Orthodox Christian Charities
  • OCMC- Orthodox Christian Mission Center
  • Hellenic College/Holy Cross Seminary