Agape was established in 1976 by Rev. Father Donald O’Rourke, priest at Holy Name of Jesus Parish at the time, together with Leo and Cliffelene Young, dedicated parishioners.
Through the support of volunteers, many people became involved with pick-up, preparation and deliveries of food to needy families in Laval, participating in annual food drives.
There was even a sign at the door of the Young’s house in Chomedey, Laval that read ” Elijah House” and it soon became evident that more help was needed to back up Leo and Cliff’s great work of love…
Agape is a non-profit, charitable organization.
Our mission is to enhance the vitality of the underprivileged English-speaking and multicultural people of Laval by offering a wide variety of services that promote and improve mental and physical well-being.
Our vision is that all people of Laval have access to the indispensable things in life such as food, shelter and clothing and that all people have equal opportunities with regards to education and healthcare.
Agape continues to support underprivileged families and we work hard to initiate and promote activities to ensure the vitality of the English-speaking community of Laval.
After 45 years of history, Agape is now serving over 1,250 people yearly and continues to offer other services.
With the support of local schools, churches, independent donors and many other partners, we are able to arrange annual food drives and distribution among our list of underprivileged families.
Much of our belief is surrounded by the following passage taken from:
Matthew 25: 31-46, ending with The Lord saying:
“Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of my brothers, you did it to me.”
The priest of the people
The priest among youth
“It is often said that each priest leaves a mark of the journey among the years.”
Father Donald O’Rourke’s priestly pilgrimage may be summed up in the simple and still so-needed virtue
-Father John Colford