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 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.


The Ladies Philoptochos Society/BAHA Chapter 1088 – Kimisis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church

Spiritual Advisor: Archimandrite George Nikas, Pastor

President – Mrs. Aphrodite Bucco

Vice President – Mrs. Mary Loizou

Treasurer – Mrs. Harriet Callis

Recording Secretary – Mrs. Joyce Coccaro

Corresponding Secretary – Mrs. Cheryl Bontales

Trustees – Mrs. Christina Garidas, Mrs. Lucy Milonas, Mrs. Martha Parlamis, Mrs. Roula Tsoukaris

The Ladies Philoptochos Society/BAHA Chapter, held its first meeting and welcome social of the new Ecclesiastical year on October 17th at the Kimisis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church Hall. The Chapter met with their new parish priest, The Very Reverend Archimandrite George Nikas – Pastor, who will be officially installed by His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos of the Metropolis of New Jersey on November 17th during the Divine Liturgy. Chapter President Aphrodite Bucco discussed upcoming fundraisers and charitable events which include the annual Christmas Party on 12/8/2013, chaired by Trustee Lucy Milonas and the Annual Fashion Show on May 8, 2014, chaired by Lynne Rexines, Marianthe Koukomis and Susan Wassif. All outreach and support committees were introduced and thanked by the President and Fr. George for their dedication.

Standing from left to right; Joanna Kotsis, Kimber Gregorakis, Martha Parlamis, Anna Alexiou, Paraskevi Argyrou, Vice President - Mary Loizou, Stephanie Countouroudas, Voula Perdikaris, Andrea Protentis, Chryssie Sannino, Marianthi Koukoumis, Lynn Rexines and Maryanne Peters.

Seated from left to right; Trustee- Lucy Milonas, Recording Secretary Joyce Coccaro, Chapter President - Aphrodite Bucco, The Very Reverend Archimandrite George Nikas – Pastor, Treasurer Harriet Callis, Corresponding Secretary Cheryl Bontales, Anthoula Arnaoutoglou, and Susan Wassif.

The Ladies Philoptochos Society is planning their Annual Dinner Fashion Show themed “Under the Sea” for May 8, 2014 to be held at The Gramercy at Lakeside Manor. Chairladies are Lynne Rexines, Marianthi Koukoumis and Susan Wassif. For more information or to make a tax deductible donation contact the chairladies directly at

Philoptochos 2014 Meetings Dates

If you are not yet a member of Philoptochos, please come join us at our next meeting to see what we are all about. Hopefully you will like what we are doing and will want to become a member. Either way, we will be pleased to you’re your presence.

February 20------------------------------------  7:30 PM Kimisis Church-All Purpose Room

March 20--------------------------------------- Dinner meeting at Limani Restaurant in 

                                                                       Westfield, NJ

April 24----------------------------------------- 7:30 PM Kimisis Church-All Purpose Room

June 19----------------------------------------- End-of-the-Year Dinner at Evan’s

                                                                       Restaurant, in Matawan, NJ


Father George Nikas
20 Hillcrest Road
PO Box 367
Holmdel, NJ 
Office Hours:
Monday to Friday
11am - 3pm
 (732) 739-1515
Fax 732-739-1172 

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