Philoptochos News

Philoptochos Vasilopita Cutting Funds for Saint Basil Academy collected in the amount of $1,078.00. The generous donation came through our collection trays in both Liturgies and our Vasilopita Blessing during the cutting ceremony in the Rev. Andrew Demotses Educational Center. Thank you to all our Ministries for their continued support.

Philoptochos Upcoming Evens

June 15th– End of Year Celebration – Odyssey Dinner Cruise.See flyer. Contact Chairlady Stacey Yavorski.

Early June – Bakefor Philoptochos Booth at Summer Picnic. Contact Ruth Morfis at 978-531-8655 for details.

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June 23rd Summer Picnic – Sell pastries at Philoptochos Booth. Contact Ruth Morfis at 978-531-8655 for details.

Mission Statement

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:

  1. 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

  2. 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;

  3. 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;

  4. To promote participation in the activities of the Greek Orthodox community, with the cooperation of the Parish Priest and the Parish Council.

  5. The charitable work of the Society shall be performed with discretion, courtesy and kindness.

Executive Board 2019-2020

  1. Evelyn Limberakis Rockas - President
  2. Tina Manolakos - First Vice President
  3. Helen Nikolouzos - Second Vice President
  4. Bonnie Antoniou - Corresponding Secretary
  5. Helen Papadopoulos - Recording Secretary
  6. Stacey Yavorksi - Treasurer
  7. Advisor - Haritomeni Frangias

Board of Directors 2019-2020

  1. Anna Agourides 
  2. Myrna Dalkouras 
  3. Fran Diamantopoulos
  4. Barbara Falardeau 
  5. Dorothy Galanis
  6. Mary Limberakis
  7. Irene Martinoli
  8. Paula MacDonald
  9. Ruth Morfis 
  10. Ellen Nordquist
  11. Debbie Pantazelos
  12. Sandy Ruggeri
  13. Bessie Silva
  14. Peggy Triantafilou
  15. Joan Tsapatsaris
  16. Chrissy Votto
  17. Anna Zaimes

Who We Are

Philoptochos or "friends of the poor" is a philanthropic Ministry of St. Vasilios, primarily dedicated to local and national support of charitable organizations and individuals. Aside from benevolence on an individual basis, this group maintains an ongoing program of philanthropic projects which support St. Basil Academy, an Archdiocesan school for needy children, the Benevolence Fund of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the National Philoptochos Children's Open Heart Surgery Program and the Cyprus Children's Fund.

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We also maintain a program of visitation and gift-giving to parish elders who are nursing home patients, and of other programs too numerous to mention here. In addition to its philanthropic endeavors, Philoptochos generously supports parish capital projects and provides numerous fellowship opportunities, beyond our community, through social events and an active and extensive travel program.

The Philoptochos would like to thank the clergy, the parish council, and the entire community for supporting our work so generously. It is this wonderful spirit, the spirit of the Saint Vasilios’ community, which makes it possible for us to receive these national honors.

The Patron Saints of Philoptochos are Sts. Cosmas and Damianos, the Holy Unmercenaries. They were physicians who tended to the poor and afflicted without compensation except to ask the healed that they confess and believe in Christ. Their lives ended in martyrdom in the year 284, under the Roman Emperors Carinus and Numerian.

Philoptochos invites all women of our Church over the age of 18 to become a part of our great cause in helping others, providing hope, kindness, courage and love.

Our President can be contacted at or (978) 532-5782.

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