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“Let all you do be done in Love”

1 Corinthians 16:14


The Philoptochos Society is the
Philanthropic Arm of the Greek Orthodox Church


Our Ladies Philoptochos Society of St. John the Baptist welcomes all ladies of our community to join together in continuing the charitable work that began here over 60 years ago.  Our chapter is composed of a vibrant group of women of all ages coming together in sisterhood to accomplish our mission of helping those in need with love and compassion.  Find our mission statement here.

Board of Directors


  • Kathi Stamatis, President

  • Linda Karras, First Vice President

  • Vickie Syreggelas, Second Vice President

  • Cathy Tshilds, Treasurer

  • Tina Psyhogios, Assistant Treasurer

  • Lena Milissis, Recording Secretary

  • Laura Paulus, Corresponding Secretary

  • Cathy Athans, Good Samaritan

  • Maria Bouloulis, Membership

  • Nikki Foutris, Prison Ministry

  • Angie Gelis, Membership

  • Georgia Gerick, Publicity

  • Youla Karanikolas, Membership

  • Pat Kladis, Nursing Home

  • Kiki Michalakos, Avenues to Independence

  • Mary Pagones, Nursing Home

  • Kathy Pappas, College Outreach

  • Elizabeth Peroulas, Avenues to Independence

  • Maryann Ralle, Outreach Liaison

  • Vivi Topalis, Cards

  • Sophie Toulon, Historian

We encourage EVERY woman, age 18 and over, at St. John the Baptist to help us in our efforts to bring Christ’s love to those in need.  Joining is easy! 

Click here to join (or to make a donation online)

or contact us at or call our president, Kathi Stamatis

Our Philanthropic Endeavors

•    St. John the Baptist Parish Families in Need
•    Women and Children in Need
•    Helping those that call for assistance
•    The Greek American Rehabilitation & Care Center
•    Philoxenia House and Ministries
•    St. Basil’s Academy
•    Sponsor Priests in Central America
•    Aid to Greece and Cypress
•    Feed the Hungry at the Cathedral
•    Groceries for Des Plaines area residents
•    Project HOPE
•    Holy Cross Hellenic College
•    Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC)
•    Martha and Mary Maternity Ministry
•    International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC)
•    St. John the Baptist Parish and Ministries
•    Scholarships based on Financial Need
•    Our Guardian Angel Orthodox Day School
•    Our Sunday School
•    Our Pythagoras Greek School
•    And many more 


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