Bishop Apostolos and Philoptochos Ladies


  "Train your mind to see the good in every situation." – Unknown

This is such a simple quote, yet it packs a powerful message.  It can be very difficult to see the positive in some situations but keeping a positive attitude and thanking God that things are not worse helps me through tough times.  We had our challenges this year but slowly have started coming back for fellowship through various events.  I pray that next year, we see more of you back at church, at our meetings and social gatherings!  I miss you when you aren’t here.

We wrapped up our Torch Club year until September.  Attendance was great and the food was a hit.  The Club was gracious and presented us a monetary gift as a thank you for our efforts.  I want to thank Pam Saunders and Joanne Sotos for having prepped for this day in advance and to Dianna Gettas for stepping up and taking it over after the tragedy that struck the Sotos family.  Our hearts and prayers continue to go out to their entire family.  May Tommy’s memory be eternal.

Our Leisure Group enjoyed their last gathering for the summer with barbecue and the works.  Thank you to Kitsa Panos, Niki Katsaros, Donna Silvestri and the rest of the committee for all you did for our senior members.  I know that everyone enjoyed themselves and look forward to resuming in September.

Congratulations to our Philoptochos Scholarship recipients, Anastasia Rubis and Andrew Vithoulkas, and to all our Cathedral scholarship recipients.  We send them our best wishes for a bright future.

In Memoriam:

Martha Fasul Poulos, former president and active member of Richmond's Philoptochos Society. "you know, that is where I learned how to cook," she often credited Philoptochos for helping her to instill the importance of church life as well as Greek family values and cuisine. May she rest in peace. 

Mark your calendars:   Sunday, June 12 – Pentecost,  Sunday, June 19 – Father’s Day – Coffee Hour

We regret that our June 18th Spring Luncheon has been cancelled.

Wishing you all a great summer!

Thank you for your continued support!

With a grateful heart I remain your sister in Christ,

Barbara Bambacus

Philoptochos President

The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, 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.

Philoptochos 2021-2022 Executive Board:

Barbara Bambacus - President

Daphne Tsimpris - 1st Vice President

Pam Saunders - 2nd Vice President

Julie Beamer - Recording Secretary

Anita Deligan - Treasurer