The Shepherd's Guild

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The Shepherd's Guild is a service organization for Orthodox laymen that provides an 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."

The Guild was chartered on September 30, 1999, as a nonprofit organization under the laws of the State of South Carolina with the purpose: to raise funds to build an Eastern Orthodox Church (Chapel) in the Anderson area, to foster fellowship among its members, to promote pan-Orthodox activities, and to engage in humanitarian efforts. On August 17, 2001, the Office of the Secretary of State of South Carolina re-classified the Shepherd's Guild as a religious organization.

A Building Fund for the Paracletos Monastery, Antreville, SC, was established by the Guild to assist in the building of the chapel of Panagia Soumela at the monastery. The main fundraising activity for the building fund is the Anderson Greek Festival. Donations are also welcomed to assist in the monastery's building needs.

Also, the Guild's outreach project is "Vitamins for Villages" - providing vitamins to needy children in Uganda.

External link

  • [1] Guild's website