Estia Foundation welcomes visit by Archbishop Makarios

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“One of the most precious gemstones the Church has given me is the Estia foundation” said Archbishop Makarios, during his visit to the Estia Foundation in Gladesville, Sydney on Tuesday 12 November.

Upon His arrival, Archbishop Makarios was warmly welcomed by the CEO of “Estia”, Father Angelos Alifierakis, fellow Board Members, employees, volunteers as well as the children accommodated at Estia. The Estia Foundation is a Christian organisation – an initiative of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia dedicated to helping young adults who have an intellectual and/or physical disability to help them reach their full potential, to integrate and be a valued member of society and participate in everyday activities that they would otherwise not be able to do.

“After a significant amount of time, today we feel that we will have a spiritual Father again, who will support and empower us with his blessings, his support, and his love in our difficult path. Your love has captivated the whole of Australia, and us here particularly.” Father Angelos said in his welcome.

Addressing the staff and volunteers of the Foundation, His Excellency Archbishop Makarios reminded them of the words of St. John Chrysostom, that people who support their modest fellow human beings have a gift from God. “Know that you have this blessing and this gift,” he stressed, “you also have the passport sealed for the Kingdom of Heaven.”

In reference to the Estia Foundation’s new development, in Kyle Bay, Archbishop Makarios expressed, “I am happy that we will soon have another part of the residence for our hard-working brothers. Soon we will be celebrating the sanctuary and new buildings will be put into operation” he said.

His Excellency then toured the premises of “Estia” and was briefed on the services offered within the organisation. In his usual manner, he devoted much time talking to the children and people involved in the Foundation. He continued to say that he will always be available to the Estia’s foundations people, supporting their work with much love, sympathy and understanding.

Photos: Mark Petropoulos

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