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St Stephen the Great Charitable Trust

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In this, its second year, the trust has succeeded in acquiring fee title to its second magnificent church building (both are listed buildings). In the years to come, it aspires to acquire at least 45 more. More importantly, a [[parish]] is being established in each of these churches. The Trust seeks to facilitate this through financial assistance, guarantees and the like.
As a private foundation formed by [[laity]], the Trust does not function officially within the church; however, its charter forever binds it to the Orthodox Church. Its formation received the blessing of His Eminence [[Metropolitan]] [[Joseph (Pop) of Western and Central Europe|Joseph Pop]], a presiding hierarch of the Orthodox Church, who served as one of its initial trustees. The Chairman of the Trust is Mark Brewer.
The Trust has not undertaken any organized fund-raising activities or appeals. It operates without a paid administrator or staff, and with only a small endowment which is supplemented by the faithfulness of individuals who are interested in its work. Anyone is welcome to contribute financially to the trust. Essentially, it deploys funds only to purchase "redundant" church buildings, and with the establishment of parishes.

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