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The Philoptochos Society

The Holy Martyrs, Wonderworkers and Unmercenary Physicians Cosmas and Damian were born in Rome, brothers by birth, and physicians by profession. Brought up by their parents in the rules of piety, they led strict and chaste lives, and they were granted by God the gift of healing the sick. By their generosity and exceptional kindness to all, the brothers converted many to Christ. The brothers told the sick, “It is not by our own power that we treat you, but by the power of Christ, the true God. Believe in Him and be healed.” Since they accepted no payment for their treatment of the infirm, the holy brothers were called “unmercenary physicians.”

It is through their example that the Philoptochos [Friends of the Poor] is dedicated to provide help to the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widowed, the handicapped, and the victims of disasters. 

With the valued assistance of the ladies of the Annunciation Cathedral, we continue to support these efforts:

  • Campus Ministries - The preparation of meals for Orthodox students at Johns Hopkins University.
  • Loaves and Fishes - Donation of food to the Franciscan Center of Baltimore City.
  • Student/Military Easter Boxes - College students and military personnel who are away from home receive remembrance boxes at Easter.
  • The Baltimore Station - We collect clothing, bedding, toiletries, kitchenware and household items to this organization which provides therapeutic residential treatment programs to veterans and other individuals who are transitioning through the cycle of poverty, addiction, and homelessness to self sufficiency.

Women's Guild

The Annunciation Women’s Guild is an organization whose purpose is to raise funds for the restoration and improvement of Cathedral properties and furnishings. All women of the community are members of the Women’s Guild.

In addition to the Cathedral properties, the Women's Guild raised funds for: Hellenic Heritage Museum and Archives of Maryland, Ronald McDonald House, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Mentis Fund Donation, Social Services, St. Basil’s Academy, GOYA, Evangelakia, Kitchen Renovations, Annunciation Library, Agora, Angel’s Haven, Johns Hopkins, Victim Relief, Earthquake Relief, IOCC, Epilepsy Association of Maryland, Cooley’s Anemia, The Children’s Home, House of Ruth, GOCSS, School of Chimes, The Wellness Community, University of Maryland Medical System Pediatric Unit, Teen Harbor Game Room at University of Maryland Pediatric Unit, CYC Camp, Father Monios’ Memorial Fund, St. George Church in New York City following September 11th , Tsunami Relief, Hurricane Katrina Relief and Johns Hopkins Breast Cancer Research.

IOCC - International Orthodox Christian Charities

IOCC, an agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, represents Orthodox Christians in North America and understands its work to include developing a commitment to philanthropy and global cooperative involvement in the work of the Orthodox Church.

AHEPA - American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association

Celebrating 78 Years of Service to the communities of the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and one in West Virginia. 'Always with Excellence' Sharing with our communities the Hellenic Heritage, History, and Spirit that we treasure, the Chapters of our District No. 3 are involved in many projects locally and regionally. With 22 districts nationally, and 4 districts internationally (in Canada, Greece, Cyprus, Australia & New Zealand), AHEPA is by far the largest Hellenic (Greek) American Organization.

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