The Philoptochos is comprised of members of the Saint Demetrios Parish. We are one part of the National Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, Inc., which is the duly accredited women's philanthropic society of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The mission of the Society is:
"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."1
1[BYLAWS of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, 2006]
The Saint Demetrios Ladies Philoptochos Society has many opportunities for members to fulfill the National mission through its varied activities and events. Click here for a list of current local missions.