“Friends of the Poor”


The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society is the Philanthropic Arm of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.  The Society was established in 1931 and since then has served those in need in the United States and around the world.


The mission of the Society shall be:

  • To aid the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widowed, the handicapped, the victims of disasters, to undertake the burial of impoverished persons and to offer assistance to anyone who may need the help of the Church through fund raising efforts; and

  • To promote the charitable, benevolent, and philanthropic purposes of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, through instructional programs, presentations, lectures, seminars and other educational resources;

  • To preserve and perpetuate Orthodox Christian concepts and the Orthodox Christian Family, and through them, to promote the Greek Orthodox Faith and traditions, in accordance with its doctrines, canons, discipline, divine worship, usages and customs;

  • To promote participation in the activities of the Greek Orthodox community, with the cooperation of the Parish Priest and the Parish Council.

The charitable work of the Society shall be performed with discretion, courtesy and kindness.


Locally, we contribute to Lea’s Foundation for Leukemia Research, Loaves and Fishes, Interval House, Mercy Shelter/St. Elizabeth House and the Hartford Soup Kitchen, among others.  Nationally, we support UNICEF, International Orthodox Christian Charities, St Basil Academy, The Children’s Medical Fund, and more.

Board Members:
Angie Augustinos 
Connie Fas
Georgia Feigel
Zoje Hoda
Sophie Kapetanopoulos 
Joanne Karabetsos 
Marie Klementon 
Panagiota Makris 
Marilyn Mantziaris 
Anita Papadimitrakopoulos
Thalia Pergantis 
Chrisanthy Psaras 
Persefone Sticka 
Anthia Vardoulakis 
Angie Varlas-Karageorge 
Elaina Varunes 
Eugenia Zessos 

We have all learned first hand how rewarding it is to be a part of Philoptochos.  We welcome you to join us and see for yourself!  You will meet exceptional women and make great friendships while serving those in need.  For more information, please contact Marilyn Mantziaris at, or Persefone Sticka at

Upcoming Important Dates:
October 14 - General Assembly Meeting 
November 10 - Community Dinner Dance
November 18 - General Assembly Meeting
December 16 - Community Dinner Dance, Christmas Luncheon
March 17 - General Assembly Meeting 
April 7  - General Assembly Meeting 
April 21 - Palm Sunday Luncheon 
May 19 - General Assembly Meeting