Stewardship literally means “the job of supervising or taking care of something”. When it comes to our church, we believe that we “give” stewardship, but in all actuality, we should “take” stewardship of the Annunciation. We need to watch over it. We need to take care of it. We need to nurture it. The church needs us as much as we need it. Our job as parishioners and as stewards is to “take care” of our church, like it has taken care of us.

Mission Statement


The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, Inc. is the duly accredited women’s philanthropic society of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The mission of the Society shall be:


  • To help 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;


  • 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




In 1931, the late Patriarch Athenagoras I, serving as Archbishop of North and South America, established the Philoptochos Society. The Society was designated as the official philanthropic organization for our Church in the Western Hemisphere and Sts. Kosmas and Damian were selected as their patron saints. Sts. Kosmas and Damian were brothers who lived in the early years of the Church. They dedicated their lives to providing medical services to people and as they would not accept payment, they were named the “Unmercenaries.”


Philoptochos is the largest women’s Christian Philanthropic Organization in America. The name Philoptochos literally means “friend of the poor.” Philoptochos has now completed 70 years of providing a ministry that serves the philanthropic, humanitarian, and Christian mission of our Church. Known as “the right hand” of the Church, we are dedicated to serving the Annunciation Community as well as the Greater Sacramento area. Every woman of the Greek Orthodox faith, 18 years of age and older, should regard membership both as a duty and a privilege. For more information please visit 

2019 Executive Board


President: Helen Nickolson
1st Vice President: Rula Manikas
2nd Vice President: Nicolette Madrid
Corresponding Secretary: Alexis Genung
Recording Secretary: Ivi Crawford
Treasurer: Maria Higdon
Assistant Treasurer: Helen Grammatikakis
Health & Welfare: Pearl Thomas
Advisor: Elaine Wright


Past Presidents


Kyriakoula Fantages – 1st President, Kanella Kontos, Esther Poulos, Alexandra Ganas, Tasia Kotsovolos, Vasiliki Manolis, Mary Captain, Annette Theordoratos, Perso Givas, Katina Kovell, Dorothy Danadias Pappangelis, Haricilia Frangos, Carolyn Liviakis, Sophia Evrigenis, Bessie Pathos, Dena Kuchulis, Emily Vrattos, Lucille Vlahos, Helen Rotas, Kay Georgallis, Vernie Englis, Presbytera Ellie Dogias, Mary Ellen Kassotakis, Bessie Papailias, Sylvia Salidas, Terre Terzakis, Donna Wagner, Helen Grammatikakis, Elaine Wright, Christine Dariotis, Elaine Wright, Helen Nickolson


Board Members


Ivi Crawford, Kathy Dokimos, Alexis Genung, Suanna Gurovich, Maria Higdon, Despina Kiriakes, Nicolette Madrid, Julie Mamalis, Rula Manikas, Sylvia Maritsas, Helen Nicholson, Bessie Papailias, Presbytera Barbara Retelas, Carol Rotas, Althea Tatarakis, Effie Theodor, Pearl Thomas, Vivian Vail, Faye Vallas, Donna Wagner, Elaine Wright

Ministries we support on the local, Metropolis and National levels

Mustard Seed School, WIND Youth Center, Wellspring Women’s Center, WEAVE, American Red Cross, Bishop Gallegos Maternity Home, Sacramento Food Bank, Salvation Army, Loaves & Fishes, Women’s Empowerment, John Sloat Elementary School, Kids ‘n’ Cancer, Women’s Health & Wellness, Adopt A Student, Bishop Anthony Student Aid Endowment Fund, Saint Nicolas Ranch, Saint Basil’s Academy, Social Services & Cancer Fund, Other Major Illnesses Fund, Autism Assistance Fund, Saint Photios Shrine, Orthodox Christian Missions, Support A Mission Priest, Hellenic College Holy Cross Lenten Event, Sisterhood of Saint Basil Academy, International Orthodox Christian Charities, 75th Anniversary Founders Fund, Orthodox Christian Fellowship, Hellenic College Holy Cross Scholarship Fund, Retired Clergy/Widowed Presvyteres Benevolent Fund, National Philoptochos Emergency Fund, Ecumenical Patriarchate, National Sisterhood of Presvyteres APC/NSP Benevolent Fund, United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, General Medical Fund