On the morning of Monday, November 23, the Archbishopric Vicar of the Northcote District, Archimandrite Evmenios Vasilopoulos, performed the Sanctification rite for the reopening of one of the recently renovated houses of the “Agapi Care” in Oakleigh, Melbourne.
The mission of the foundation is to care for and support people with special needs, with the ultimate goal of offering them the conditions to make full use of their potential.
“Agapi Care” was founded in 1987 by a group of Greek-Australian parents who believed that their children with disabilities had the same access rights to services as all other members of the community. In 1992 the Foundation’s activity expanded and offered accommodation and support in Preston. In 2001 the Foundation set up a similar facility in Oakleigh and in 2010 in Clayton South.
Fr. Evmenios, after the Sanctification rite in Oakleigh, cordially addressed the members of the Board of Directors of the Foundation, the management, the staff and the tenants, conveying the wishes and blessings of Archbishop Makarios of Australia and praising the work performed by “Agapi Care”.
In fact, he described this work as a ministry, not a professional work, while distinguished, among other things, that “in essence, the service offered by ‘Agapi Care’ has its roots in the teaching of Jesus Christ and the command to love one another and to sacrifice everything for your fellow human”. Finally, Fr. Evmenios congratulated everyone for their good work and assured that the Holy Archdiocese and Archbishop Makarios appreciate and support the work they perform.