Philoptochos News

Current Events

September 18
Metropolis of Chicago Annual Luncheon: The Essence of Philotimo Fundraiser for The Metropolis of Chicago Philanthropy Fund, The St. Iakovos Retreat Center, Wings Program, and the Metropolis Philoptochos Philanthropic Endeavors
Addison, IL

September 21
Chapter Board Meeting
6:30 pm, Fireside Room, St. Mary’s

September 28
5:30 pm, Terrace Room, St. Mary’s


The St. Mary’s Philoptochos Newsletter is published several times a year. Click here to read the most recent editions for stories and information on events.


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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


St. Mary’s Philoptochos Chapter 2049 holds an annual membership drive from January through April. Dues are self-determined, meaning you decide the amount you wish to give, and in 2021, the average gift was $82. The first $22 of your gift supports Metropolis of Chicago and National Philoptochos programs, and the remaining donation stays in our local chapter.

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.

St. Mary’s Philoptochos Chapter 2049 Board

Board Members, 2021-2023

President: Annette Legeros
1st Vice President: Connie Kouzes
2nd Vice President: Sandra Anderson
Corresponding Sec.: Cathy Forchas
Recording Sec.: Lisa Gallmeyer
Treasurer: Andrea Tiggas
Assist. Treasurer: Kathleen Wendland
Advisor: Paulette Hastings

Board Members:

Jennifer Coin
Mary Ellis
Jayne Klatt
Donna Psihos
Alexis Rouches
Carol Smith
Dena Tortorelis

Worship Services

Vespers: 5:00 pm

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