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What is Philoptochos?

The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, Inc. is the philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America that has offered eighty years of philanthropy through a multitude of programs that make a difference in the lives of people in the United States and throughout the world.  The Society was established in November 1931, by the late Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras I, who was then serving as Archbishop of North and South America.

Philoptochos fulfills its mission to “help the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widowed, those with disabilities and the victims of disasters through its National and Metropolis Boards and its 26,000 members and more than 400 active chapters, nationwide. The website of the department of Social Services can be accessed here:

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 help 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.

National Board Members:

Executive Board Members + Honorees 2019-2020

National Board Members 2019-2020




Metropolis of San Francisco

245 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone:  415.753.3075

Metropolis San Francisco Board Members

Metropolis of San Francisco Chapter List


St. Nectarios Local Chapter

-   Chapter Number: 4030

-   Address:  20340 E. Covina Blvd. Covina CA 91724

-   Telephone Number:  626-967-5524




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St. Nectarios Board Members 2019-2020



Jeannie Theoharatos

Vice President


Yaffa Mary Iacobsohn



Helen Polychroniou



Rebecca Lawdis



Erasmia Ioannou



Eleni Kalivas



Penny Kloutsiniotis





Saint Nectarios Chapter



We would like to thank all the following ladies who have already signed for

Philoptochos for 2019-2020






 Arapostathis (Siatras)





Yaffa Mary


























Meetings take place in the Learning Center, which is the last building on the left in the back of the church property.  Meetings are immediately following coffee time after Liturgy.


St. Nectarios Philoptochos Society Chapter





Student Name: Jason Bowen



Birthday: February 7, 1974

Home Parish/City: Saint Haralambos, Peoria, Arizona

Patron Saint: Saint Jason Bishop of Tarsus

Name Day: April 29

School Enrolled In: Holy Cross/Hellenic College


Degree program enrolled in: Master of Divinity—Lay Ministry

Expect to Graduate: May 2022

Married? No

Children’s Name and Birthdays: 1.) Brynn— April 9, 2000; 2.) Sophie—March 17, 2005

Personal Note: My daughters are living back in Arizona and will stay while I am in school. Over Christmas and summer breaks, I’ll live back in Phoenix, completing two more hospital Chaplaincy internships on my summer breaks.

Tell me about yourself? (your likes, your strengths, things you’d like to improve, your hopes, and goals)

I was raised in a committed Baptist family that had an earnest desire to follow Jesus Christ. Although I left the Baptist tradition in my mid-twenties and attended non-denominal Christian tradition congregations afterward, I still desired to follow Jesus Christ my whole life. My daughter’s Brynn (19), and Sophie (14), and I converted to Orthodox Christianity two and a half years ago after learning about Church history that I never knew. I never heard or read about Orthodox Christianity before that and I thought I had heard about every Christian tradition. By God’s grace, we are blessed to be finally home! I enjoy singing and listening to music, reading history, theology, being out in God’s creation hiking, bicycling, camping, and snow skiing. My desire to serve as a Chaplain and serve His people is what brings me to Holy Cross Seminary. I have completed two internships in hospital Chaplaincy this past year, prior to starting studies at Holy Cross, which helped me confirm the calling I felt to be in this ministry. I pray over the next three years the Lord will allow me to grow to be a healing presence in His name offering His love and comfort when ministering to those who are suffering.


Where do you see yourself in five or ten years?

Lord willing, I will graduate in May 2022 with a Master Divinity from Holy Cross and begin work as a Chaplain in an area that the Lord opens up whether it be in a hospital, hospice, prison or other settings. Lord willing after graduation I hope to serve my home parish back in Arizona in this ministry and any other way, He would call me to.       





Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,


Happy Thanksgiving to all from the ladies of the Saint Nectarios Philoptochos Society. During this season of giving, we would like to introduce you to The House of Ruth. The House of Ruth is a non-profit women's shelter providing critical, life-saving, and supportive services to victims of domestic violence. They are committed to the fight of ending domestic violence and making every home a safe home.


Beginning in the month of December, we would like to assist this wonderful organization by joining them through our donations in the struggle of protecting these women and children from their abusers. In addition to the provision of safe shelter, your donations would also provide these victims of abuse with the opportunity to begin new lives of productivity within a peaceful and safe environment.


It is the goal of Philoptochos, along with the assistance provided by the community to be able to continue this program of philanthropy throughout the year. Let us be reminded by the words of our Savior, "for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me...I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren you did it to Me (Mt. 25: 35-36, 40)."


Our Lord Jesus Christ through our beloved Saint Nectarios, has blessed all of us so that we in turn may be a blessing to others. As a community, if all of us can give just one item a month from the wish list, we will truly be a blessing to these vulnerable women and children.

Please prayerfully consider your involvement in this much needed charitable endeavor through your generous donations.


There will be an area set up in the hall for donations. We thank all the wonderful and caring parishioners of St. Nectarios for their generosity and expression of love for the least of these.


Yours in Christ,


Ladies of the Saint Nectarios Philoptochos Society





Personal Care: Liquid soap, toothpaste, feminine care products, lotion/body cream, facial tissue, liquid body wash, shampoo/conditioner


Food: Canned goods, non-perishable items dry food (rice beans etc.), snack items: goldfish crackers, fruit roll ups, juice boxes, pretzels, animal crackers etc.


Miscellaneous: Journal books, inspirational books, night lights, alarm clocks (small), slipper socks, note pads, writing pens, gardening gloves, garden aprons for children and adults, non-violent DVD movies, over the counter medications-Tylenol (adult and children), aspirin, cold and cough medication, ibuprofen etc.


Financial Obligation and Charities:

Local Commitments:

Benevolent Fund (Helping people within our church)

National Philoptochos Convention

Los Angeles Youth Donation

Hospitality Fund-St. Nectarios Greek Orthodox

Youth -at-Risk (Donations to Homeless Youth) 

Angel Tree (City of Hope- Families in need)


Metropolis Commitments:

Bishop Anthony Philoptochos Student Aid Endowment Fund (BAPSAEF)

Emergency Relief Fund

Kids ‘n’ Cancer

St. Nicholas Ranch Philoptochos Lodge

(MOCHAS)Pennies & Prayers for Christian Orthodox Missions & Evangelism

(C.O.M.E.) Women’s Health & Wellness


National Commitments:

St. Basil Academy

Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC)

Cancer Fund

International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC)

General Medical Fund

Sisterhood of Presvyteres

Social Services

St. Photios Shrine

Hellenic College/ Holy Cross Seminary

Retired Clergy Association

Ecumenical Patriarchate-Costas & Damian

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

Support a Mission Priest through IOCC (SAMP)


75th Anniversary Founders Fund


HC/HC Scholarship

HC/HC Lenten Event

Autism Assistance Fund

Nat'l Phil Emergency Fund






About Us

St. Nectarios is a parish of Metropolis of San Francisco of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America



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Sunday Morning Liturgy

9:00 AM Orthros

10:00 AM Liturgy



        Paraklesis (service)

        to Saint Nectarios  7:00 PM


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