About Philoptochos

The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos society is the official philanthropic women’s organization of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and one of the largest Christian women’s organizations in America.  The name means “friend of the poor” being derived from the Greek words philo(friend) + ptohos (poor).  Established in 1931, this non-profit organization is comprised of over 25,000 members in more than 480 chapters nationwide. The Holy Apostles chapter is one of the largest chapters nationwide with about 200 members. 



Our Mission

Our mission is to promote charitable and philanthropic outreach by aiding the poor, the hungry, the sick, the orphaned and the victims of disasters.


Holy Apostles Philoptochos Society

Board of Directors for 2015-2017


President – Faye Adams  

1st Vice President – Cynthia Stathopoulos

2nd Vice President – Anne Theophilos

Treasurer – Anthoula Pomrening   

Asst. Treasurer – Nia Kouchis   

Corresponding Secretary – Bess Shizas 

Recording Secretary – Sundy Urban

Advisor - Eleftheria Parafink


Board Members

Chrisie Alex

Mary Jean Angelos

Tina Dillon

Aleka Ernst

Cathy Magas 

Aleka Mandelaris

Patty McKay

Evelyn Paleothodoros

Maria Patt

Eleni Poteres

Emily Rehn

Antella Thiakos

Margo Tomaras


Past Events:


Collection Drives..Thank you to all who donated to our collection drives this year.  Holy Apostles collected 103 pounds of food for HCS Family services in March.  This translates to roughly 86 meals.  From September through the HCS Food Drive in March, a grand total of 680 pounds of food, or roughly 567 meals was collected for those in need.  Other recipients included the People's Resource Center and Loaves & Fishes.

We also collected 136 blankets and 615 children's books for the Peoples Resource Center in February.  PRC gives each of their clients who is expecting as well as clients with infants a layette.  The blankets we collected will be included in these layettes.  The books we collected are used in multiple ways.  Some of the books are part of birthday bags that are given to each child.  Other books are available to children whose parents are taking classes offered by PRC throughout DuPage County.  PRC was extremely grateful for this very generous donation!!!



Feed My Starving Children... Holy Apostles volunteers packed specially formulated meals for children in need at the Feed My Starving Children facility in Aurora on Saturday April 6th.  They packed 24 boxes of food!


Upcoming Events:



Easter Candles Sales...Decorated candles are once again available to purchase.  Candles will be sold every Sunday after the Divine Liturgy in the multi-purpose room through Palm Sunday.  Candles will also be sold after several of the Holy Week services.



Easter Bake Sale...Our annual bake sale featuring tsourekia, red Easter egg dye, tiropites and spanakopites, koulouria and other sweets will be held on Palm Sunday, April 21st.  We need more bakers!  Greek sweets are the most popular (koulouria, melomakarona, kourambiethes, etc), but all sweets are welcome.  If you would like to provide sweets for the bake sale, please contact Aleka Ernst at (630)561-1600 or



Easter Eggs...We are once again asking parishioners to dye red Easter eggs so that we may wrap them in tulle for distribution at our Easter services.  Please bring the unrefrigerated eggs to the multi-purpose room by Holy Thursday.  We will wrap them after the Royal Hours service on Holy Friday morning.  All are welcome to stay after the service to help wrap.


Poised for Success...We will collect new and gently used summer women's career clothing for Poised for Success from April 29th through May 12th.  This nonprofit organization provides career clothing to women who cannot afford appropriate clothes for a job interview.  Please bring your donations on hangers to the multi-purpose room.  Clothes racks will be set up to accept your donations.

Feed the Hungry...Tuesday, May 14th at the Annunciation Cathedral in Chicago


General Meeting...Thursday, May 16th at 7pm in the multi-purpose room.  Please join us as Chicago area award-winning author Paula Renee Burzawa discusses her new book, Eternal Stones and Other Memories of Greece.  Please click here for a detailed book description and author biography.  Refreshments will be served.  All are welcome!  



Philoptochos Membership and Envelope



 For more information about Holy Apostles Philoptochos, contact Faye Adams at (630) 517-8097.

Thank you for your continued support of our Holy Apostles Philoptochos Society chapter. 

Faye Adams