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Philoptochos (Friends of the Poor)

The Ladies Philoptochos Society is the duly accredited women's philanthropic society of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The Saint Mark Chapter has been in existence since the parish began, and strives to be a Christ-centered ministry to assist and aid those in need.

The mission of the Saint Mark Philoptochos is:

1) To 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

2) 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;

3) 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;

4) 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.