Philoptochos is a Greek word meaning “love for the poor.” It has the same Greek root from which the English word philanthropy is derived.
St. Paul’s Philoptochos is part of a national women’s charitable organization that has 475 chapters around the country and is the largest women’s philanthropic organization in the United States. At St. Paul’s, the women of Philoptochos are involved in a number of outreach projects locally as well as supporting a number of charitable ministries at the national level. Among the many philanthropic projects that Philoptochos supports are St. Basil’s Academy, Project Mexico/St. Innocent’s Orphanage, Holy Cross Seminary, Kids N’ Cancer, and a number of local shelters like Isaiah House in Orange County.
“She opens her hands to the poor and reaches out with her fruit to the needy.”
– Proverbs 31:19
The Mission of Philoptochos
• to aid the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widow, the handicapped, victims of disasters, to undertake the burial of the impoverished persons and to offer assistance to anyone who may need the help of the Church;
• to promote the charitable, benevolent and philanthropic purposes of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the Metropolis of San Francisco and St. Paul’s Church through instructional programs, presentations, lectures, seminars and other educational resources;
• to preserve, perpetuate and promote Orthodox Christian teaching and practice within the Orthodox Christian family, and through them, to promote the Orthodox Faith in accordance with the Scriptures, doctrines, canons, disciplines, worship, and customs of the Church;
• to promote participation among the women of our parish in the life and activities of St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church, in cooperation with the Parish Priest and the Parish Council.