St. Demetrios

A Warm Welcome to Philoptochos  

If there is any among you a poor man…. you shall open your hand wide to him and willingly lend him sufficient for his need, whatever he needs…. For this thing the Lord will bless you in all your works and in all to which you put your hand.
— Deuteronomy 15:7 - 10

“Philoptochos” literally means “friends of the poor,” and this willingness to “open our hands wide” to those in need has characterized our ministry since 1931, when Philoptochos was established in the Archdiocese. Since then, this women’s philanthropic organization has raised millions, nationwide, for those who are hungry, forgotten, displaced, abused, suffering illness or simply needing encouragement. Our ministry is also hands-on and face-to-face, offering members opportunities to express the love, compassion and hope of the Gospel through interactions with those we serve. Within our Weston St. Christine Chapter, founded in 1959, we strive to be good stewards of our parish, supporting our home-bound parishioners, reaching out to our seniors, awarding scholarships to our youth, hosting parish events and so much more. On a Metropolis level (greater Boston area), we are heavily involved in efforts like the Children’s Hospital, the Pine Street Inn, Rosie’s Place, Project Bread and the growth of our Metropolis camp in Contoocook, NH. We also support the many programs and ministries of the National Philoptochos—all of which touch so many lives within our Church and well beyond.

Within our sisterhood, you will find not only meaningful efforts like those mentioned above but also meaningful friendships. When we serve others together, a profound bond is formed. When we all make the decision to care for others, together, we grow in Christ. 

The faithful, kind and engaging women of Philoptochos are ready to welcome you to our 2019-2020 program.  We hope you will peruse our mission statement, learn more and contact us soon!



President - Matina Pappas

Vice-President - Kathy Damaskos

Treasurer - Olga Newkirk

Recording Secretary - Pamela Brody

Corresponding Secretary - Susan Denn

Membership/Assistant Treasurer - Suzanne Polymeros

Board Members

Mariana Anton

Jennifer Brody

Taslene Gatzunis

Barbara Jarvis

Presbytera Elaine Krommydas

Gena Liacopoulos 

Inna Lyubimova

Artemis Martakis

Nancy Savage

Nikki Stournaras

Valerie Wiegel


Hellenic Nursing Home - Pamela Brody

Care Ministry - Valerie Weigel

Senior Guild - Artemis Martakis

Scholarship - Mary Ann Pappanikou / Nancy Savage

Spiritual Renewal - Presbytera Elaine Krommydas / Nikki Stournaras

Philanthropy - Jennifer Brody

St. Christine's Catering - Pamela Brody


Contact Philoptochos

For questions, concerns, comments, or more information please fill out the contact form and a member of Philoptochos will reach out as soon as possible.

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