Saint Katherine’s Philoptochos Society

Saint Katherine’s Philoptochos Society, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Columbia South 

Carolina, is a chapter of the Greek Ladies Philoptochos Society headquartered in New York City, NYC. 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 Philoptochos is to promote charitable, benevolent and philanthropic outreach to preserve the sanctity of life and family and to perpetuate and promote our Orthodox faith and traditions.

The St. Katherine’s Philoptochos Society is a wonderful dedicated group of women who are members of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Columbia, SC. We work throughout the year to help those in need on a local and national level. We do so by hosting luncheons, taking up collections, and sponsoring a bake sale/luncheon in the spring. We are very fortunate to be in a generous community that supports our endeavors. Please peruse through our website at to learn more about us.

You may also contact our president, Elizabeth Render at, or


What is Philoptochos?

Philoptochos is an army of women whose collective drive, dedication and heart help those who need it most. Philoptochos is compassion; it is love; it is strength. Philoptochos is YOU.

Be a part of a philanthropic movement. Join today and make a difference. Learn, grow, and create bonds that will last a lifetime.



Why Join Philoptochos?

Philoptochos is celebrating 80 years of philanthropy this year.  It is a testament to our membership that our past is so rich, our present so vibrant and our future so bright.

When you join, you will have the opportunity to meet new people, share experiences, knowledge and laughter.  Through compassion, love, and dedication, Philoptochos traverses boundaries. Be a part of this wonderful organization. Join Philoptochos today.

You define what kind of member you will be. We are always looking for new skills, experiences and personalities, without them we would not be 27,500 members strong.  We welcome you with open arms to join us in making a difference.







Hellenic Community Fund

The Hellenic Community Fund (HCF) was established to provide assistance on a one-time basis to those families or individuals who have encountered an emergency financial problem. This assistance is available to residents of the greater Columbia area as well as to our own parishioners.

The HCF has several sources of funding: an annual appeal to our parishioners, a contribution from St. Katherine’s Philoptochos chapter, tip jars from the annual Greek Festival as well as memorials for families and friends.

Those who are in need may contact the church office and the office forwards their names and phone numbers to the committee.  Complete discretion is exercised and the name, request and amount, if any, are never disclosed to anyone outside the committee. Our records are audited every two years by a private accounting firm so that complete transparency is guaranteed.

Call the Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral Office at 803.252.6758 ext. 0 to leave a confidential message with the church secretary.






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