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Annunciation Cathedral Philoptochos

A Legacy of Philanthropy — One Woman Asking Another to Care

A Brief History Of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral Women's Philoptochos Society

The idea of a Philoptochos as a necessary organization of the Greek Orthodox Church structure was initiated by Archbishop Athenagoras in 1931. The Annunciation Cathedral Women's Philoptochos Society of Chicago was founded in 1939 when Archbishop Athenagoras requested the existing "Mothers Benevolent Society" became a "Philoptochos." The women accepted the suggestion and elected Mrs. Phyllis Batsakis Deliannis, President of the Mothers' group, to be President of the newly organized Philoptochos.

Over the years our Philoptochos has played a significant role in the welfare of our beloved Annunciation Cathedral, and has made many contributions to the community and across the world. During the early 1940's our Philoptochos — through various fund raising events — helped our Cathedral pay off the mortgage, preventing foreclosure and ensuring our future (as well as leading the redecoration of the Cathedral).

Projects abroad and home

  • During World War II our ladies raised funds for the American Red Cross.
  • Volunteered at the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen.
  • Provided aid to the Battered and Homeless Women of Chicago.
  • Served Greek meals to hospitalized veterans.
  • Participated in the Feed the Hungry Program.
  • Committed to the building of the Greek American Nursing Home.
  • Established several annual events such as the Champagne Lunch and Makaronada Luncheon.
  • Baked desserts and other items for the Cathedral Food Festival and hosted various other Cathedral religious events.
  • Purchased kitchen equipment for the Cathedral and settings for 200 consisting of dishes, glasses, flatware and cabinetry.

Currently

  • We continue to support National and International programs through our National House of Philanthropy as well as many of the programs listed above (and many others).
  • We have sent Funds for Disaster Relief to Greece and the areas of the US affected by natural disasters.
  • We have established our own Children's Fund benefiting children in the Chicago area who are in crisis.
  • And our work goes on! So much to do!

We thank you for your generous support!

Great Vespers
St Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, 12307 Ridgeland Ave, Palos Heights, IL 60463, USA
Wednesday, December 11 – 7:00 PM

Orthros & Divine Liturgy
+Feast of St. Spyridon & Veneration of his holy relic
Thursday, December 12 – 9:00 AM

Great Vespers
St Eleutherios
Saturday, December 14 – 6:00 PM

Orthros and Divine Liturgy
Sunday School Begins immediately after Holy Communion
Sunday, December 15 – 8:15 AM

Orthros and Divine Liturgy
+St Dionysios
Tuesday, December 17 – 9:00 AM

Orthros and Divine Liturgy
Sunday School Begins immediately after Holy Communion
Sunday, December 22 – 8:15 AM

Royal Hours & Vesperal Divine Liturgy
+Christmas Eve
Tuesday, December 24 – 8:00 AM

Orthros & Hierarchical Divine Liturgy
+The Nativity of Our Lord
Tuesday, December 24 – 10:00 PM

Orthros & Divine Liturgy
+The Nativity of Our Lord
Wednesday, December 25 – 8:30 AM

Orthros and Divine Liturgy
+Feast of St. Stephanos & Veneration of his holy relic
Friday, December 27 – 8:30 AM

Orthros and Divine Liturgy
Sunday School Begins immediately after Holy Communion
Sunday, December 29 – 8:15 AM

Great Vespers
St. Basil Greek Orthodox Church, 733 S Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60607, USA
Tuesday, December 31 – 7:00 PM

Orthros & Divine Liturgy
+St Basil
Wednesday, January 1 – 9:00 AM

Royal Hours
Friday, January 3 – 8:30 AM

Orthros and Divine Liturgy
Sunday School Begins immediately after Holy Communion
Sunday, January 5 – 8:15 AM

Orthros & Divine Liturgy with Great Blessing of the Waters
+Holy Theophany
Monday, January 6 – 9:00 AM

Great Vespers
St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 2350 E Dempster St, Des Plaines, IL 60016, USA
Monday, January 6 – 7:00 PM

Orthros & Divine Liturgy
+St John the Baptist
Tuesday, January 7 – 9:00 AM

Parish Council Meeting
Tuesday, December 10 – 7:00 PM

Philoptochos Bake Sale
Sunday, December 15 – 12:00 AM

Metropolis Open House
National Hellenic Museum 333 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60661, United States
Sunday, December 15 – 3:00 PM

HighLine, 169 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654, USA
Monday, December 16 – 5:30 PM

Great Vespers of St. Dionisios
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church 6041 W Diversey Ave, Chicago, IL 60639-1139, United States
Monday, December 16 – 7:00 PM

Feed the Hungry
AHEPA and Pan-Laconian Brotherhood
Thursday, December 19 – 11:00 AM

Cathedral Closed
Wednesday, December 25 – 12:00 AM

Cathedral Closed
Tuesday, December 31 – 12:00 AM

Feed the Hungry
St George
Tuesday, December 31 – 11:00 AM

Philoptochos Loukoumades Sale
Sunday, January 5 – 12:00 AM

Strict Fast
Sunday, January 5 – 12:00 AM