St. Catherine’s Philoptochos

 Did you know that the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, Inc. may be the largest Christian Women’s Philanthropic organization in the United States?

 Join now and be a member of this dynamic charitable group. Your membership and support, along with that of thousands from across the nation, makes it possible to support those in desperate need. The possibilities are endless and together we can make a difference.

Membership is available to everyone 18 years or older whether she/he is an active member or just a supporting member. For more information, please contact Chryssanthe Rafael at [email protected].

 St. Catherine’s Philoptochos Executive Board:

President:  Maria Verveniotis 

1st Vice President: Chrissy Zografos

2nd Vice President: Tina Molos

Treasurer: Savvy Asprou

Assistant Treasurer: Debbie Catacosinos

Corresponding Secretary: Vasilianna Fakiris  

Recording Secretary: Elena Razis Ljuljic

Advisor: Sofia Zachariadis

Cheryl Ipiotis

Helen Markou

Angela Panageas

Maria Phillips

Chryssanthe Rafael

Angie Sakellarides

Zacharo Swartwood

Bessie Timmerman

Markella Vournou

***Elections are held every two years.


 Mission Statement

The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, Inc. is the accredited women's philanthropic society of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The mission of the Society is:

To aid the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widowed, the handicapped, the victims of disasters, to undertake the burial of impoverished persons and to offer assistance to anyone who may need the help of the Church through fund raising efforts.

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Ministry Outreach

Every year, St. Catherine’s Philoptochos organizes, participates, and supports many philanthropic activities and projects that help individuals, families, and organizations spiritually and financially and always with discretion, courtesy, and kindness.

Following are some of the efforts we have supported most recently in the community:

St. Basil Academy Send a Child to Camp St. Paul Initiative

Visits to the Homebound

Annual Scholarship for High School Senior

Annual Christmas Angel Program

Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive

North Shore Homeless Shelter

Glen Cove Youth Bureau

The Glen Cove Senior Center

Care to Knit

Peer Pals

Hearts for Hospice

New Ground Veteran Program

Momma’s House

Feed the Hungry at Penn Station

 Our chapter has also supported National and District Philoptochos with the following programs:

Emergency & Disaster Reliefs

Hellenic Cultural Center

St. Michael’s Home

Children’s Medical Fund

St. Basil Academy

Ecumenical Patriarchate

International Orthodox Christian Charities

National Sisterhood of Presbyteres Benevolent Fund

Orthodox Christian Mission Center

Retired Clergy Benevolent Fund

Hellenic College Holy Cross Scholarship Program

St. Photios Shrine

St. Nicholas Shrine at Ground Zero

Click here to download our St. Catherines Scholarship Application for Seniors.

For more information on any of our efforts, please contact Sofia Zacharo at [email protected]. Also, please follow us on Facebook: and on Instagram: philoptochosbrookvilleny