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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, May 29 – 8:15 AM

Chicago Parishes Apodosis of Pascha
St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church 5649 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60660, United States
Tuesday, May 31 – 5:30 PM

Great Vespers
Ascension of Our Lord Greek Orthodox Church 1207 N Riverwoods Rd, Lincolnshire, IL 60069, United States
+Ascension of our Lord
Wednesday, June 1 – 6:00 PM

Orthros and Divine Liturgy
Thursday, June 2 – 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, June 5 – 8:15 AM

Great Vespers
Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church 2501 Wolf Rd, Westchester, IL 60154, United States
Feast of His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael
Thursday, June 9 – 7:00 PM

Orthros and Divine Liturgy
Feast Day of Metropolitan Nathanel
Friday, June 10 – 8:30 AM

Orthros and Divine Liturgy
Feast of Metropolitan Nathanael
Saturday of Souls
Saturday, June 11 – 8:30 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, June 12 – 8:15 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, June 19 – 8:15 AM

Adult Greek Class (Intermediate/Advanced; online)
Thursday, May 26 – 5:30 PM

Memorial Day - Cathedral Closed
Monday, May 30 – 12:00 AM

Feed the Hungry
Annunciation
Tuesday, May 31 – 11:30 AM

Adult Beginner Greek (online)
Tuesday, May 31 – 5:30 PM

Adult Greek Class (Intermediate/Advanced; in-person)
Thursday, June 2 – 5:30 PM

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

Adult Beginner Greek (in-person)
Tuesday, June 7 – 5:30 PM

Adult Greek Class (Intermediate/Advanced; online)
Thursday, June 9 – 5:30 PM

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

Adult Beginner Greek (online)
Tuesday, June 14 – 5:30 PM

Adult Greek Class (Intermediate/Advanced; in-person)
Thursday, June 16 – 5:30 PM

Mommy & Me Class after Holy Communion
Sunday, June 19 – 11:00 AM

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

Adult Beginner Greek (in-person)
Tuesday, June 21 – 5:30 PM

Adult Greek Class (Intermediate/Advanced -in person)
Thursday, June 23 – 5:30 PM

Gold Coast Greek Fest
Friday, June 24 – 12:00 AM