St. Barbara's Philoptochos

Derived from the Greek, the name Philoptochos means “friend of the poor.” As such, the Ladies Philoptochos Society of Holy Trinity is a vibrant source of fellowship and philanthropic service in our community.

The National Ladies Philoptochos Society was established in 1931 by the late Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras I and has since become one of the largest Christian women’s philanthropic organizations in the United States.

The Patron Saints of Philoptochos are Saints Cosmas and Damianos, the Holy Unmercenaries. They were physicians who tended to the poor and afflicted without compensation except to ask the healed that they confess and believe in Christ. Their lives ended in martyrdom in the year 284, under Roman Emperors Carinus and Numerian.

The purposes of Philoptochos are:

  • Philanthropy - National and local support of charitable organizations and individuals in acute need.
  • Fellowship - Creating opportunities for greater interaction among members of the parish.
  • Outreach - Largely focused on providing food to those in need beyond our parish community.

The 2017–2018 St. Barbara's Philoptochos officers are:

Joanna Spahis, President
Diane Pappas, 1st Vice President
Lorraine Cosmopoulos, 2nd Vice President
Marylin Martin, Recording Secretary
Nina Rokas, Corresponding Secretary
Janine Shinn, Treasurer
Sheila Dolmas, Assistant Treasurer

Other Board members for 2017-18 are: Stacia Gialamas, Suzan Kontoulis, Anna Koroneos, Estelle Odell, Hrisanthe Patts, Hellen Smith, Elaine Xeros, and Christine Zarras.

For more information, please contact the church office at 972-991-1166 or by email at