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Annunciation Cathedral Philoptochos

A Legacy of Philanthropy — One Woman Asking Another to Care

A Brief History Of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral Women's Philoptochos Society

The idea of a Philoptochos as a necessary organization of the Greek Orthodox Church structure was initiated by Archbishop Athenagoras in 1931. The Annunciation Cathedral Women's Philoptochos Society of Chicago was founded in 1939 when Archbishop Athenagoras requested the existing "Mothers Benevolent Society" became a "Philoptochos." The women accepted the suggestion and elected Mrs. Phyllis Batsakis Deliannis, President of the Mothers' group, to be President of the newly organized Philoptochos.

Over the years our Philoptochos has played a significant role in the welfare of our beloved Annunciation Cathedral, and has made many contributions to the community and across the world. During the early 1940's our Philoptochos — through various fund raising events — helped our Cathedral pay off the mortgage, preventing foreclosure and ensuring our future (as well as leading the redecoration of the Cathedral).

Projects abroad and home

  • During World War II our ladies raised funds for the American Red Cross.
  • Volunteered at the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen.
  • Provided aid to the Battered and Homeless Women of Chicago.
  • Served Greek meals to hospitalized veterans.
  • Participated in the Feed the Hungry Program.
  • Committed to the building of the Greek American Nursing Home.
  • Established several annual events such as the Champagne Lunch and Makaronada Luncheon.
  • Baked desserts and other items for the Cathedral Food Festival and hosted various other Cathedral religious events.
  • Purchased kitchen equipment for the Cathedral and settings for 200 consisting of dishes, glasses, flatware and cabinetry.

Currently

  • We continue to support National and International programs through our National House of Philanthropy as well as many of the programs listed above (and many others).
  • We have sent Funds for Disaster Relief to Greece and the areas of the US affected by natural disasters.
  • We have established our own Children's Fund benefiting children in the Chicago area who are in crisis.
  • And our work goes on! So much to do!

We thank you for your generous support!

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Orthros and Divine Liturgy
+ Protection of the Theotokos
Wednesday, October 28 – 8:30 AM

Orthros and Divine Liturgy
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral 1017 N La Salle Blvd, Chicago, IL 60610, United States
Sunday School Begins immediately after Holy Communion
Sunday, November 1 – 8:15 AM

Great Vespers of Holy Taxiarhes
Holy Taxiarhai and Saint Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church, 7373 N Caldwell Ave, Niles, IL 60714, USA
Saturday, November 7 – 7:00 PM

Orthros and Divine Liturgy
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral 1017 N La Salle Blvd, Chicago, IL 60610, United States
Sunday School Begins immediately after Holy Communion
Sunday, November 8 – 8:15 AM

Great Vespers of St. Nectarios
St. Nectarios Church, 133 S Roselle Rd, Palatine, IL 60067, USA
Sunday, November 8 – 7:00 PM

Orthros and Divine Liturgy
Annunciation Greek Orthodox, 1017 N LaSalle St, Chicago, IL 60610, USA
Feast of St. Nectarios
Veneration of the Saints Relic
Monday, November 9 – 8:30 AM

Orthros & Divine Liturgy
+St John Chrysostom
Friday, November 13 – 8:30 AM

Orthros and Divine Liturgy
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral 1017 N La Salle Blvd, Chicago, IL 60610, United States
Sunday School Begins immediately after Holy Communion
Sunday, November 15 – 8:15 AM

Divine Liturgy
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1017 N LaSalle Dr, Chicago, IL 60610, USA
Monday, November 16 – 9:30 AM

Divine Liturgy
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1017 N LaSalle Dr, Chicago, IL 60610, USA
Tuesday, November 17 – 9:30 AM

Divine Liturgy
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1017 N LaSalle Dr, Chicago, IL 60610, USA
Wednesday, November 18 – 9:30 AM

Divine Liturgy
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1017 N LaSalle Dr, Chicago, IL 60610, USA
Thursday, November 19 – 9:30 AM

Divine Liturgy
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1017 N LaSalle Dr, Chicago, IL 60610, USA
Friday, November 20 – 9:30 AM

Orthros & Divine Liturgy
+Entrance of the Theotokos
Saturday, November 21 – 8:30 AM

Orthros and Divine Liturgy
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral 1017 N La Salle Blvd, Chicago, IL 60610, United States
Sunday School Begins immediately after Holy Communion
Sunday, November 22 – 8:15 AM

Divine Liturgy
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 601 S Central Ave, Chicago, IL 60644, USA
Monday, November 23 – 9:30 AM

Divine Liturgy
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 601 S Central Ave, Chicago, IL 60644, USA
Tuesday, November 24 – 9:30 AM

Orthros & Divine Liturgy
+St Katherine
Wednesday, November 25 – 8:30 AM

Orthros & Divine Liturgy
+St Stylianos
Thursday, November 26 – 9:00 AM

Saint Andrew Greek Orthodox Church, 5649 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60660, USA
Saturday, November 7 – 2:00 PM

Feed the Hungry
St Spyridon
Tuesday, November 10 – 11:00 AM

Meeting of the Parish Council
Tuesday, November 10 – 8:00 PM

Feed the Hungry
Annunciation & St George
Thursday, November 26 – 11:00 AM