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Welcome to the St. John Ladies Philoptochos Society


"Friends of the Poor"

Chapter #7025


Mission Statement:

The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, Inc., is the duly accredited women's philanthropic society of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The mission of the Society shall be:

  • To aid the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widowed, the handicapped, the victims of disasters, to undertake the burial of impoverished persons and to offer assistance to anyone who may need the help of the Church through fund raising efforts; and

  • To promote the charitable, benevolent, and philanthropic purposes of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, through instructional programs, presentations, lectures, seminars and other educational resources;

  • To preserve and perpetuate Orthodox Christian concepts and the Orthodox Christian Family, and through them, to promote the Greek Orthodox Faith and traditions, in accordance with its doctrines, canons, discipline, divine worship, usages and customs;

  • To promote participation in the activities of the Greek Orthodox community, with the cooperation of the Parish Priest and the Parish Council.

The charitable work of the Society shall be performed with discretion, courtesy and kindness.



Greek Orthodox Philoptochos Society Prayer:


O Lord Jesus Christ, we bow our heads before You, and with humble hearts we give thanks to You for the abundant blessings, which You have poured forth upon us. We praise You for gathering us together as members of the Ladies Philoptochos Society in the service to Your Holy Church. We bless You for the selfless sacrifice of countless generations of women who have faithfully fulfilled the philanthropic mission entrusted to them. Through Your ineffable wisdom and Your Divine power, You have enabled us to minister to those who are in need of Your love, Your comfort, and Your care. Make us instruments of Your peace and of Your hope, O Lord. Where there is pain and suffering, may we bring Your healing and comfort. Where there is loneliness and isolation, may we bring the fellowship of Your Holy Church. Where there is despair and discouragement, may we inspire hope and faith in You. Where there is hatred and strife, may we be peacemakers producing the fruits of love and reconciliation.

We also ask You, O Lord, to guide our deliberations, our decisions, our fellowship, and all our labors, so that in all we do, or say, we may bring glory to Your Holy Name, of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

A Message From Our President:


The Philoptochos Society extends a helping hand to those in need. And, as we do God's work, we find not only the joy of giving and helping, but in experiencing fellowship and cherished friendships among our members. Philoptochos needs you. Your desire to serve and to help others will provide in you a fulfillment like no other. Come join our efforts in this philanthropic organization.

Learn More About The Philoptochos


About Our Chapter


  • Kimberly LaForest - President

  • Paulette Szajna - Vice President

  • Vicki Theodorou - Secondary Vice President

  • Jan Lazaris - Recording Secretary

  • Irene Kotsis - Corresponding Secretary

  • Georgia Mansell - Treasurer

  • Mary K. Tangalos - Advisor

Board Members:

  • Marlo George

  • Angela Boes

  • Diamanto Gargasoulas

  • Maria Sboukis

  • Maria Lembesis

  • Julia Alexopoulos

  • Irene Kourtesis

  • Ann Zingas

  • Theodora Kalfa-Bremer

  • Toula Sintakis

Our Charities:

  • Abigayle Ministries

  • All Worthy of Love

  • Cancer Fund

  • Children's Medical Fund

  • Children's Hospital of Detroit

  • Children's Hospital of Michgan Foundation

  • Ecumenical Patriarchate

  • Forgotten Harvest

  • "Friends" of the Metropolis

  • General Medical Fund

  • Grace Centers of Hope

  • Hellenic College/School of Theology/Cross Road

  • Hellincare Medical Fund

  • IOCC International Orthodox Christian Charities

  • Light House of Oakland County

  • Metropolis Scholarship Fund

  • Metropolis of Detroit Summer Camp Programs


  • Metropolis Emergency Fund

  • National Philoptochos Emergency Fund

  • National Sisterhood of Presbyteres

  • The Needy Families of our Parish

  • OCMC Orthodox Christian Mission Center

  • Orthodox Christian Fellowship

  • "Partners" in Philanthropy

  • Retired Clergy Association

  • Ronald McDonald House

  • Saint Basil's Academy

  • St. Nicholas Shrine Fund

  • Saint Spyridon Fund

  • Saint Photios Shrine

  • Social Services in our Area

  • Solid Ground of Macomb County

  • ZOE for life!

Become a Member

If you are interested in joining the St. John Ladies Philoptochos Society Chapter #7025, please click Join Us below:

Connect With Us

St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church
Philoptochos President - Mrs. Kimberly LaForest
11455 Metropolitan Parkway
Sterling Heights, MI 48312
Phone: 586-977-6080
Fax: 586-977-6081


Metropolis of Detroit
Metropolis Philoptochos President - Mrs. Margaret Yates

2560 Crooks Road
Troy, MI 48084
Phone: 248-823-2400
Fax: 248-823-2401


National Philoptochos Office

126 East 37th Street

New York, NY 10016

Phone: 212-977-7770

Fax: 212-977-7784




Philanthropy Witness:


"Our job is love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy."
- Thomas Merton

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