Derived from the Greek, the name Philoptochos means “friends of the poor.”  As such, the Ladies Philoptochos Society of Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral is a vibrant source of fellowship and philanthropic service in our community.

The National Ladies Philoptochos Society was established in 1931 by the late Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras I and has since become one of the largest Christian women’s philanthropic organizations in the United States.  The National Society established Chapter No. 12 at Saint Sophia in 1932. (Detailed history of the Philoptochos Society) 


The Patron Saints of Philoptochos are Saints Cosmas and Damianos, the Holy Unmercenaries.  They were physicians who tended to the poor and afflicted without compensation except to ask the healed that they confess and believe in Christ.  Their lives ended in martyrdom in the year 284, under Roman Emperors Carinus and Numerian.


The activities of Philoptochos fall within 3 general categories:

Philanthropy »

National and local support of charitable organizations and individuals in acute need

Fellowship »

Creating opportunities for greater interaction among members of the parish

Faith in Action »

Largely focused on providing food to those in need beyond our Cathedral Community


What can I do? at home, at the Cathedral, in my neighborhood, in Northwest Washington, D.C. and beyond. Click here to get involved today!

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Philoptochos Calendar of Events

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Board of Directors 2019-2021


Helen Fliakas: President

Joanne Kenny: Vice President

Mary Dimos: Treasurer

Elisabeth Kandianis: Assistant Treasurer

Lia Fidas: Recording Secretary

Jan Petros: Corresponding Secretary

The Very Reverend Steven P. Zorzos, DMin.:  Spiritual Advisor

Patricia A. Gogos: National Board Liaison and Fundraising Chair

General Board Members

Fotini Economides

Mary Kirshbaum

Angela Kolaras

Linda Loukas

Alexandra Mallus

Stracie Maniatis

Elaine Joost, Advisor

Joining the Philoptochos

Membership in Philoptochos is open to all women of the Cathedral over the age of 18.  The annual membership is $35.00 but we encourage stewardship of amounts above $35.00. Additional contributions under stewardship would greatly help us meet our Saint Sophia Cathedral philanthropic ministries and expenses. An annual membership roster is sent  to National Philoptochos and to the Direct Archdiocesan District. Along with the roster, $15.00 is sent to National and $6.00 is sent to the Direct Archdiocesan District for each member so that they may fulfill their ministries. For more information regarding membership, please e-mail Stracie Maniatis at

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