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:


             Poised for Success Collection Drive

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


Holy Apostles Philoptochos will take its turn preparing and serving a meal for the homeless on Tuesday, May 14th at the Annunciation Cathedral on LaSalle Street in Chicago.  Every chapter in the Metropolis is expected to participate in this year round program. One does not have to be a member of Philoptochos to assist with this project.  Volunteers may meet on Tuesday morning at Holy Apostles if they would like to carpool to the Cathedral.  If you would like to help serve or if you like to make a monetary donation for supplies, please contact Anne Theophilos at (630)460-0712.





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!  



Holy Apostles Vespers and Feast Day


Saturday, June 29th and Sunday, June 30th.  Volunteers will be needed to help set up on Saturday and to assist with serving on Saturday and Sunday.  Donations of Greek pastries or other baked goods are also needed.  Please contact Maria Patt at (630)832-5614 / OR Emily Rehn at (708)369-9365 / if you would like to help or donate goodies.



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