| Philoptochos News
Established in 1931 by the late Ecumenical Patriarch, Athenagoras I, and greatly expanded in Canada in 1974 by His Eminence Metropolitan Archbishop Sotirios, Philoptochos Societies are an important part of the Greek Orthodox parishes everywhere.
To preserve the sacredness of the Orthodox family and promote the Orthodox faith and traditions. We voluntarily aid those who need our help through special funds or solicitations. We promote participation in the activities of the Greek Orthodox community and promote the charitable, benevolent and philanthropic purposes of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto.
“Freely you have received, freely give.” (Matthew 10:8)
The word Philoptochos means “friend of the poor”. Who are the poor? Those who are poor in financial and material resources, yes; but also those who are poor in spirit, poor in health, poor in companionship, poor in emotional stability and poor in whatever is needed to lead a fulfilling life.
Every woman in our parish churches is automatically entitled to become a member of Philoptochos and give her time and effort in order to promote the many outstanding ministries within the Greek Orthodox Church.
Why become an active member?
The benevolent works of Philoptochos are a continuation of Christ’s ministry on earth. Each member has an opportunity, through her participation in the ministries and programs of Philoptochos, to return to God a portion of the time, talents and resources with which He has gifted her. Most importantly, a member reaps the rewards that fellowship and sisterhood can offer to enrich her life.
All women of our Greek community are encouraged to become members of Philoptochos. You can be an active member or a supporting member. It is important that we reach out and involve others in the life of our church to help strengthen the unity within our community.
Your help is especially needed in preparation of the Teas that are held twice a year. Volunteers are needed to obtain donations, serve, make sandwiches, set-up tables and clean-up. It is with the help of volunteers that contributes to the success of the Teas.