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 Local, National and Global Charities.  We have fund raisers throughout the year to suport these worthy causes and also to be available when need arises in our own community.

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 or see any Philoptochos Society Board Member at St. Sophia.

History at St. Sophia

50th Anniversary

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 call the church office at 210-735-5051 and leave a message.

Christmas Luncheon 2023

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Diaconate Retreat Luncheon provided by Philoptochos


Executive Board

Executive Board - 2023 - 2024

President - Pam Layden, 1st Vice President - Tamara Reeves, 2nd Vice President - Georgia Carson, Recording Secretary - Cindy Hughes, Corresponding Secretary - Vicky Dolan, Treasurer - Marlene Graham, Assistant Treasurer - Annette Cash, Advisor - Kathy Nelson, Board Members at Large: Cynthia Asvestas, Marie-Claire Valdez, Suzie Zampas.

For more information see the monthly newsletter - Philanthropy Witness, the Official Newsletter of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society.


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