Philoptochos Society


What is Philoptochos?

Literally, Philoptochos means friend of the poor—not only poor in financial resources but also poor in spirit, poor in health, poor in companionship, poor in emotional stability and poor in whatever is needed to lead a fulfilling life.


Mission Statement

The mission of the Philoptochos Society is to demonstrate God’s love for all people and to practice the inspiring message of the parable of the Good Samaritan. It is to take the words of Christ when He says, ‘For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required’ (Luke 12:48), and to show concern and generosity to the less fortunate, the infirm, the hungry and the homeless of this world.

Helping hands and the volunteering of one’s time enables St. Sophia’s Philoptochos to be able to contribute to the Local, National and Global Charities.

  •    Children’s Shelter
  •    Christian Assistance Ministry (CAM)
  •    Christian Senior Services
  •    Family Violence Prevention Center
  •    Fisher House, Inc.
  •    Food Bank
  •    Guide Dogs of Texas, Inc.
  •    Jefferson Outreach for Older People
  •    Mobile Loaves & Fishes
  •    National Welfare of Hellenic People
  •    Project MEND (provides medical equipment at minimal cost)
  •    Rape Crisis Services
  •    San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind
  •    SAMMinistries
  •    Wheelchair Foundation


A Legacy of Love

If you aren’t a member yet, what are you waiting for? There are a myriad of reasons to be a member. Join the generations of Philoptochos women who have given of their time and wisdom to truly make a difference. You will be contributing not only to Philoptochos but to the Church and our community as well.   And you will have the enjoyment of working and making friends with fellow parishioners.   Find out more at


History at St. Sophia

The Ladies Philoptochos Society of St. Sophia had its’ inception in 1928 under the direction of the late Father Panos. It was given the name “Omonoia”, meaning harmony and/or good understanding.

The primary duty was to look after the needs of the Church, the community, and especially the Parish Greek School.

Omonoia Philoptochos functioned independently until 1944, when it joined the National Ladies Philoptochos.

For more information to help in this worthy cause by volunteering your time, please call the church office, 210-735-5051.




Executive Board - 2015 -2017

President - Laurene Dunn
1st Vice President - Pam Layden
2nd Vice President - Kathy Nelson
Recording Secretary - Eunice Kritsidimas
Corresponding Secretary - Annette Cash
Treasurer -  Dr. Eleanore Watkins

Board Members at Large

Georgia Carson
Michelle Ryburn
Marlene Graham

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