Praxis Magazine



"Philoptochos is the philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.  We are an army of women, over 25,000 strong nationally, who work to alleviate the suffering of individuals and families across our country and across the globe.  Whether it is paying a medical bill to assist a family with a critically ill child, paying rent or a mortgage so that a family can remain in their home, or sending fresh water to victims of a national disaster, Philoptochos is always there to help." 

Philoptochos is the official Ladies Philanthropic Organization of the Saint Sophia community. The word Philoptochos itself means "Friend of the poor."  The purpose of the Philoptochos is to aid the poor, the sick, the distressed and other victims of misfortune. This organization is open to women over the age of 18. Meetings are held on the first Monday at 7:00pm of each month.

Executive Board

President                                 Pat Kolodziej

Vice President (Membership)    Anna Panagiotopoulos

Vice President (Philanthropy)    Irene Arsoniadis

Recording Secretary                  Juliana Mourelatos

Corresponding Secretary            Karen Karas

Treasurer                                  Matina Caribacas

Assistant Treasurer                   Viv Baxter

Advisor                                     Polly Gorski

Board Members

Georgia Sotos, Artemis Kamaris, Vasiliki Constantine, Siree Sandberg Bakakos, Kathy Katrakis, Koula Magdalin and Peggy Boytor

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