The Kalyna home was established in 1984 to serve people that require physical assistance in their daily routine of life. Currently there are around 100 residents, coming from different Eastern European communities.
On Tuesday, February 4, 2020, His Eminence Archbishop Daniel, accompanied by Very Rev. Fr. Michael Solomko, president of the Consistory of the Ukrainian Orthodox Eparchy of Australia and New Zealand of the UOC in Diaspora, traveled to Kalyna Care Nursing Home in order to visit numerous residents of the facility.
Speaking to the staff and residents of Kalyna Care, Vladyka Daniel reflected: “Jesus’ own life was spent to love everyone, particularly those who are downtrodden, heavily burdened and abandoned… Our faith in God should reflect in our daily life, like in a mirror, the image of God’s love. Our love for our neighbor, especially for those who are physically weak, poor and in need of help, should be seen in our concrete actions in favor of them.”
Upon entering the facility, Vladyka Daniel was introduced to about 25 residents, who met the hierarch while participating in a vocal class, singing Ukrainian carols and ethnic songs.
“Listening to Christmas Carols chanted by the residents of Kalyna - I saw Jesus in them. The joy on their faces brought joy to me and joy to everyone,” said the archbishop.
Prior to his departure, Archbishop Daniel led the congregation in prayer, offering the residents his blessings.
“The strength of any society is measured by the progress of its weakest members,” – concluded His Eminence Archbishop Daniel.