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.

By definition, the word “Agape” (ancient Greek) is translated into English, meaning love: the highest form of love, charity; the love of God for man and of man for God. “Agape” embraces a universal, unconditional love that transcends and that serves regardless of circumstances.



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.


Leo and Cliffeline Young, Co-Founders


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 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 35 years of history, AGAPE is now serving over 1,250 families yearly and continues to offer other services including:

and much, much more...

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.”

 Father Donald O’Rourke

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   
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