What is Philoptochos?

Philoptochos is one of the largest women’s philanthropic organizations in the United States. It is the accredited international women’s organization of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North America. It is designed for Orthodox women to promote humanitarian efforts in their communities and beyond.

Philoptochos functions on three levels: 1) National Board, 2) Metropolis Board, San Francisco, 3) Local Chapter, Pasadena.

In the 1930s, the late Athenogoras I, then Archbishop of North and South America established a women’s organization to be named Philoptochos, “friends of the poor.” Throughout the years the Philoptochos Society has tirelessly worked for the Church, family and community. The dynamic and compassionate force for those in need is a tribute to the early women who pioneered Philoptochos and those who continue to be a “friend of the poor.”

The Panagia chapter of the Philoptochos Society of Saint Anthony’s in Pasadena were founded in 1953, two years before the Parish was organized. The first group of women were instrumental in raising money and starting the building fund for the new parish in Pasadena. Today our chapter continues to help support the many needs of our church and community. The funds raised throughout the year benefits charities nationally, Metropolis (San Francisco), Saint Anthony’s Church and our community.

Today there are over 400 chapters in the United States. Members make a difference in the world by their compassionate philanthropic efforts.