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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!

Orthros and Divine Liturgy
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral 1017 N La Salle Blvd, Chicago, IL 60610, United States
Sunday School Begins immediately after Holy Communion
Sunday, November 28 – 9:15 AM

Great Vespers
Saint Andrew Greek Orthodox Church 5649 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60660, United States
Monday, November 29 – 8:00 PM

Orthros and Hierarchical Divine Liturgy
Saint Andrew Greek Orthodox Church 5649 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60660, United States
Tuesday, November 30 – 9:30 AM

Divine Liturgy
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral 1017 N La Salle Blvd, Chicago, IL 60610, United States
Barbara the Great Martyr
John the Righteous of Damascus
Saturday, December 4 – 10:00 AM

Orthros and Divine Liturgy
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral 1017 N La Salle Blvd, Chicago, IL 60610, United States
Sunday School Begins immediately after Holy Communion
Sunday, December 5 – 9:15 AM

Great Vespers of St. Nicholas
St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 10301 Kolmar Ave, Oak Lawn, IL 60453, USA
Sunday, December 5 – 8:00 PM

Orthros & Divine Liturgy
+Feast of St. Nicholas
Monday, December 6 – 10:00 AM

Divine Liturgy
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral 1017 N La Salle Blvd, Chicago, IL 60610, United States
Conception of Theotokos
Hanna the Prophetess
Thursday, December 9 – 10:00 AM

Orthros & Divine Liturgy
+Feast of St. Spyridon & Veneration of his holy relic
Sunday, December 12 – 9:30 AM

Orthros and Divine Liturgy
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral 1017 N La Salle Blvd, Chicago, IL 60610, United States
Feast of St. Eleuftherios
Tuesday, December 14 – 9:30 AM

Vespers
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral 1017 N La Salle Blvd, Chicago, IL 60610, United States
Tuesday, December 14 – 8:00 PM

Orthros and Divine Liturgy
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral 1017 N La Salle Blvd, Chicago, IL 60610, United States
Sunday School Begins immediately after Holy Communion
Sunday, December 19 – 9:15 AM

Royal Hours followed by Vesperal Divine Liturgy
St. Basil Greek Orthodox Church, 733 S Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60607, USA
Christmas Eve
Friday, December 24 – 9:00 AM

Orthros and Hierarchical Divine Liturgy
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral 1017 N La Salle Blvd, Chicago, IL 60610, United States
+Nativity of Jesus Christ
Saturday, December 25 – 9:00 AM

Orthros and Divine Liturgy
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral 1017 N La Salle Blvd, Chicago, IL 60610, United States
Sunday School Begins immediately after Holy Communion
Sunday, December 26 – 9:15 AM

Orthros and Divine Liturgy
+Feast of St. Stephanos & Veneration of his holy relic
Monday, December 27 – 9:30 AM

Adult Greek Dancing Class
Monday, November 29 – 8:00 PM

Feed the Hungry
Tuesday, November 30 – 12:00 PM

Adult Beginner Greek
Tuesday, November 30 – 6:30 PM

Adult Greek Class (Intermediate/Advanced)(in-person)
Thursday, December 2 – 6:30 PM

Fall General Assembly
Sunday, December 5 – 12:00 AM

Adult Beginner Greek (in-person)
Tuesday, December 7 – 6:30 PM

Cathedral Winter Grand Raffle
Avli on the Park 180 N Field Blvd, Chicago, IL 60601, United States
Tuesday, December 7 – 7:00 PM

Adult Greek Class (Intermediate/Advanced)
Thursday, December 9 – 6:30 PM

Parish Council Elections
Sunday, December 12 – 12:00 AM

Metropolis Open House
The Carlisle 435 E Butterfield Rd, Lombard, IL 60148, United States
Sunday, December 12 – 4:00 PM

Adult Greek Dancing Class
Monday, December 13 – 8:00 PM

Feed the Hungry
Annunciation
Tuesday, December 14 – 12:00 PM

Adult Beginner Greek
Tuesday, December 14 – 6:30 PM

Adult Greek Class (Intermediate/Advanced)(in-person)
Thursday, December 16 – 6:30 PM

Mommy & Me Class after Holy Communion
Sunday, December 19 – 12:00 PM

Philoptochos Christmas Bake Sale
Sunday, December 19 – 12:30 PM

Annual Breakfast with Santa
Sunday, December 19 – 12:30 PM

Adult Beginner Greek (in-person)
Tuesday, December 21 – 6:30 PM

Adult Greek Class (Intermediate/Advanced)
Thursday, December 23 – 6:30 PM

Philoptochos Vasilopita Sale
Sunday, December 26 – 12:30 PM