The Shepherd's Guild is a service organization for Orthodox laypersons with the purpose to provide outreach to people
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. The Shepherd's Guild is registered as a tax
exempt 501(c)(3) charity with the Internal Revenue Service.
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 was The Anderson
Greek Festival. The Fund also assisted with the building of the
monastery's dining room. In March 2011, the Monastery ended its
connection with the Anderson Greek Festival. The 2018 Festival made our 13th annual event.
The Shield (logo) of The Shepherd's Guild:
The following is the explanation of the Shield:
The cross of St, George, patron saint of the
poor, of the shepherds and of the warriors. St. George is a very popular saint, the patron for many people and lands such
as Greece, England, Russia, Palestine, Palestinian Christians, Malta, Georgia, Constantinople, Boy Scouts, Canada, Portugal,
Germany, Venice, Order of the Garter and others. Also, St. George is the patron of the founding member's home parish and patron
of many Orthodox parishes.
The Orthodox (Three-barred) cross is superimposed onto the cross of St.
The colors of blue and white were chosen because these are the colors of the flags of Greece
and South Carolina. The green represents the pastures, The Shepherd's fields.
A shield is symbolic
of chivalry, aspiring soldiers of Christ.
|Ring of The Shepherd's Guild (for Alpha members)
Bill Stathakis, Founder & Chair
PO Box 1284
Anderson, SC 29622
|Bill Stathakis, Chair (Jerusalem, June 2015)
His Beatitude, the Patriarch
of the Holy City of Jerusalem and all Palestine, Syria, Arabia, beyond the Jordan River, Cana of Galilee, and Holy Zion, Theophilos
III ... with Bill Stathakis, chair of The Shepherd's Guild, June 2015