Philoptochos, meaning "friend of the poor," is an organization within many Greek Orthodox Churches nationally. Here at St. John's, we are fortunate to have a great group of Women who continually strive to provide the missions of Philoptochos within our parish. In the last 10 years, our Ladies Philoptochos have donated $36,400 to the church; we have given to local charities $58,100; and have provided $5,600 in scholarships to our parish students.

The dedicated labor of the faithful Greek Orthodox women of the Philoptochos Society across the United States promotes the charitable, benevolent and philanthropic purposes of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America by instructional programming, presentations, lectures, seminars and other educational resources. They voluntarily 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 special funds or solicitations on the local level.

Meetings are held monthly from September to May.

Our Officers this year are:

President: Deena Metaxas
Vice President: Summer Brigid Brothers

Second Vice President: Maria Simeon
Secretary: Thalia Savvides
Treasurer: Maria Saphos

Membership Form

Once again, Philoptochos will be having their Holiday Bake Sale. 


Tiropites: Feta cheese and egg filled pastry triangles

Spanakopites: Spinach, egg & feta filled pastry triangles

Baklava: Nuts, butter and spices in layers of phyllo pastry, baked and topped with honey syrup

Finikia: Spice cookies dipped in honey syrup & sprinkled with chopped walnuts and cinnamon

Kourambiedes: Roasted almond butter cookies topped with powdered sugar

Koulourakia: Traditional twisted shortbread-type cookies

Biscotti: Anise or almond-flavored coffee cookies

Tsoureki: Sweet braided Christmas bread.

Karidopita: sweet walnut cake

Pastitsio: Macaroni with beef filling & Romano cheese topped with béchamel sauce


Orders may be delivered by mail, phone or email (see addresses at the front) or

Please, make checks payable to: St. John’s Philoptochos and mail to:

202 N. Walnut street, Webster, TX 77598


      Orders must be prepaid and can be picked up at the St. John’s Parish house at:

412 Henrietta Street, Webster, TX 77598

Download the order form


Nikolas O. Simeon Philoptochos Scholarship

Graduating High School Seniors who are entering a university or college or trade school


Student Qualification Criteria:

  • Academic Record:  GPA of 2.5/4.0 verified by a transcript of an accredited school 


  • SAT score of 950 or ACT score of 20 for students who are in alternative programs.
  • A brief essay regarding your future plans, i.e. what you are going to study in college and how that study is going to be applied in your working life.
  • Church participation:  Active in church attendance and activities.  Provide a brief list of activities in which you have participated at St. John’s.
  • Family:  Must be pledging members in good standing.

Deadline:  Application form and all criteria must be received by midnight June 25 of the current year, by Philoptochos of St. John the Theologian, 202 N. Walnut St., Webster, TX 77598

Application Form