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!

Orthros and Divine Liturgy
+ Presentation of our Lord
Thursday, February 2 – 9:00 AM

Orthros and Divine Liturgy
St Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church 7373 N Caldwell Ave, Niles, IL 60714, United States
Parish Feast of St. Haralambos
Friday, February 10 – 9:00 AM

Saturday of Souls
Orthros & Divine Liturgy
Saturday, February 18 – 8:00 AM

Saturday of Souls
Saturday, February 25 – 8:00 AM

Vespers
Sunday, February 26 – 5:00 PM

Great Compline
Monday, February 27 – 5:30 PM

9th Hour, Presanctified D. Liturgy
Wednesday, March 1 – 5:30 PM

Adult Advanced Greek (in-person)
Thursday, February 2 – 5:30 PM

Catechism Class
Monday, February 6 – 5:00 PM

Feed the Hungry
Annunciation
Tuesday, February 7 – 11:30 AM

Adult Intermediate Greek (in-person)
Tuesday, February 7 – 5:30 PM

Adult Beginner Greek (in-person)
Tuesday, February 7 – 6:45 PM

Parish Council Meeting
Wednesday, February 8 – 6:00 PM

Adult Advanced Greek
Thursday, February 9 – 5:30 PM

Kali Parea
Monday, February 13 – 11:00 AM

Catechism Class
Monday, February 13 – 5:00 PM

Feed the Hungry
Annunciation
Tuesday, February 14 – 11:30 AM

Adult Intermediate Greek
Tuesday, February 14 – 5:30 PM

Adult Beginner Greek
Tuesday, February 14 – 6:45 PM

Adult Advanced Greek (in-person)
Thursday, February 16 – 5:30 PM

YAL Chicago
YAL Chicago Conference
Friday, February 17 – 12:00 AM

Mommy & Me
Sunday, February 19 – 11:30 AM

Catechism Class
Monday, February 20 – 5:00 PM

Feed the Hungry
Annunciation
Tuesday, February 21 – 11:30 AM

Adult Intermediate Greek (in-person)
Tuesday, February 21 – 5:30 PM

Adult Beginner Greek (in-person)
Tuesday, February 21 – 6:45 PM

Adult Advanced Greek
Thursday, February 23 – 5:30 PM

Catechism Class
Monday, February 27 – 5:00 PM

Feed the Hungry
Annunciation
Tuesday, February 28 – 11:30 AM

Adult Intermediate Greek
Tuesday, February 28 – 5:30 PM

Adult Beginner Greek
Tuesday, February 28 – 6:45 PM

Adult Advanced Greek (in-person)
Thursday, March 2 – 5:30 PM