As the right hand of the church, the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, established in 1931, has undertaken a multitude of programs to aid the poor, the sick, the elderly and all those in need.  Philoptochos is the largest Christian women’s philanthropic organization in the United States.

Philoptochos literally means “friend of the poor”..not only poor in financial resources but also poor in spirit, health, companionship and whatever is needed to lead a fulfilling life.

Since our local chapter was established in 1946, the Knoxville Philoptochos passionately and consistently dedicates its efforts to supporting the local community and by contributing on a national and diocesan level which helps those in our country and worldwide.

The Knoxville Philoptochos consists of several committees that minister to the needs of our parish and community.  Here are just a few:

The Outreach Committee actively searches for mission projects to aid communities following natural disasters and helping parishioners during illness or hospital stays when possible.  The most recent outreach project is with Project Adam, a program that is raising funds to have AEDs (Automated External Defibrillator) installed in each school in the Knox County school system.

The Altar Guild is a behind-the-scenes committee that provides for the needs of the altar and the many church services throughout the year.  Some of those needs include decorating the Epitaphion, dyeing the eggs for Easter, ensuring Prosforo is available for liturgies, preparing the trays for special feast days, dressing the feast day icons, and mending and cleaning the priest’s vestments and altar boy robes.

The Hospitality Committee is available to prepare the makaria meals for families after funerals, prepares the Sunday coffee hour after liturgy, hosts the Thanksgiving, Christmas luncheons and the Anastasi breakfast and also bakes the Vasilopita for New Year’s.

Philoptochos welcomes Orthodox women over age 18 who are members of our parish.


Marianne Jennings

1st Vice President
Kathleen Vavalides

Alicia Gross

Recording Secretary
Victoria Zurcher

Corresponding Secretary
Mary Vavalides