The Shepherd's Guild

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The Shepherd's Guild (inc.) was chartered on September 30, 1999, as a nonprofit organization under the laws of the State of South Carolina with the purpose to foster fellowship among members of the Orthodox Community and to engage in humanitarian efforts.

The Guild is a small service organization of Orthodox with the purpose to provide outreach to people through service (Diakonia) as "commanded by the Gospel (Matthew 25, 31-46: James 1, 27) and promulgated by St. Basil the Great of Caesarea and St. John the Almsgiver of Alexandria."

On August 17, 2001, the Office of the Secretary of State of South Carolina re-classified The Shepherd's Guild as a religious organization.

Also, The Building Fund of the Paracletos Monastery was established by the Guild to assist in the building of the Chapel of Panagia Soumela at the Monastery. The main fundraiser of the Building Fund is The Anderson Greek Festival, but we much welcome donations to assist in the Monastery's building needs. In January 2009, Guilders' (Fish Fry) was opened as a continuous fundraiser for religious and charitable causes we support.[1]