2023-24 Board

 New Philoptochos Board Members Installation, June 11, 2023.

President: Connie Kouzes
1st Vice President: Lisa Gallmeyer
2nd Vice President: Carol Smith
Corresponding Secretary: Cathy Forchas
Secretary: Shannon Baustian
Treasurer: Kathleen Wendland
Assistant Treasurer: Mary Ellis
Advisor: Annette Legeros

Board Members: Sandra Anderson, Erline Holman, Donna Psihos, Maria Smith, Andrea Tiggas, Dena Tortorelis, Mary Kay Twito

2024 Membership Drive

Our 2024 Membership Drive continues until March 31st. Hopefully you’ve received a form with return envelope in the mail. You can drop your completed form with membership dues at our table after Liturgy in the Great Hall, or mail  it back. You may also pay dues online at Be sure to select “Philoptochos Contribution” for the Fund, and make a note on your registration form that you’ve paid online. 

Membership dues are self-determined, meaning you decide the amount you wish to give. Please bear in mind, the first $22 of your donation goes to the Metropolis of Chicago and National Philoptochos programs to cover your National membership, and the remaining donation stays in our local chapter for the many good deeds we do throughout the year.

All levels of giving and volunteering are welcome! Large and small gifts as well as significant and minimal involvement work together to make our Philoptochos chapter vibrant. And all members of the parish are invited to our activities – you don’t have to be a member to participate!

According to our bylaws, Philoptochos membership is open to Greek Orthodox women aged 18+, and associate (non-voting and non-office holding) membership is eligible to non-Greek Orthodox women married to Greek Orthodox men, Greek Orthodox men, and non-Greek Orthodox men married to Greek Orthodox women.

Upcoming Events

 FOCUS Minnesota Dinner, Sun, Apr 7, 2024

Twice a year, Philoptochos coordinates a meal to FOCUS Minnesota, a charitable outreach of the Orthodox Church community in the Twin Cites. Join us and help provide a meal for up to 300 people. We are looking for volunteers to help prepare and serve the meal. Please check out our Signup Genius to see where you can help. 

 Board Meeting, Tues, May 21, Fireside Room

All Philoptochos Board members are asked to attend.

 Spring Finale!  Tues, May 28, 6:00 pm

Come join us for a special speaker from the Tandem Bottle program, and learn all the amazing deeds from this program.

All are welcome and encouraged to participate in Philoptochos General Assemblies. The more the merrier 🙂

 Women’s Book Club, April Discussions

In April, the Women’s Book Club will be reading and discussing The Crucifixion of the King of Glory: The Amazing History and Sublime Mystery of the Passion by Dr. Eugenia Scarvelis Constantinou. A great book to read during Lent. Copies are available in the bookstore for $23.

Please contact Katherine Boosalis at to have your email added to the distribution list.

 Our Little Orthodox Library Needs You!

We are still looking for several volunteers to help with the management of our new Little Library outside the church. Sign up for a month, check it weekly, make sure it is stocked and that only Orthodox materials are there. Please stop by the Philoptochos table on Sundays to see how you can help. We would also love additional Orthodox books to help keep our stock full.

What is Philoptochos?

The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, Inc. is the philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Founded in 1931, Philoptochos now has more than 400 local chapters the mission to promote charitable, benevolent and philanthropic outreach, to preserve the sanctity of life and family, and to perpetuate and promote our Orthodox faith and traditions.

St. Mary’s established the official Philoptochos Chapter 2049 in 1945, but women of the church have been serving others since 1910 when seven women founded the first known service group Elpis, which means Hope in Greek. Today, nearly 200 women are members of our chapter. We hold fundraising events and receive monies from the parish to support many charitable groups, including:

  • Seven food shelves and four non-profits that lift up women and children in the Twin Cities
  • Orthodox organizations including Prison Ministry, 4 monasteries, 6 orphanages, Hellenic College Holy Cross Seminary, IOCC, OCMC, and Orthodox Christian Network
  • Organizations supported by the Chicago Metropolis and National Philoptochos Boards

We also provide support to the parish by planning decorations and special needs during the Easter and Christmas seasons, running a Women’s Book Club, hosting receptions for special occasions and guests, organizing hands-on service projects, and responding to clergy requests.

All women are welcome to participate in Philoptochos activities and invited to join as a member. The annual membership drive runs from January through April each year.

To contact St. Mary’s Philoptochos, please email

Worship Services

Vespers: 5:00 pm

Orthros: 8:30 am
Liturgy: 9:30 am


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