The Patriarch of Romania Consecrated and Inaugurated Saint Nectarie Centre of Palliative Care

Today, 24 October 2012, 10.00 hours, His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church consecrated and inaugurated “Saint Nectarie” Centre of Palliative Care.

To end with the consecration service, His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel expressed his joy because the relics of Saint Nectarie arrived at the Centre of Palliative Care of his name.

“We are very glad because the relics of the saint stopped first at this settlement, and the official reception will take place at the Joy Hill, near the Patriarchal Cathedral. We have begun the day with a consecration of a centre dedicated to taking care of the sick because this year we pay great heed to the service of the Holy Unction and taking care of the sick. Saint Nectarie is known as a miracle worker, more exactly as a healer of diseases, so that his coming to Bucharest through his holy relics is a special blessing for us”, His Beatitude said.

His Eminence Metropolitan Efrem took turns in expressing his joy because Saint Nectarie from Egina enjoys such a great devotion with the Romanian people.

“Our heart feels great joy when we see such a beautiful centre built here by care of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel, designed to comfort those who suffer from various diseases. Our emotion is much greater when we see that you thought to give the name of Saint Hierarch Nectarine to this centre”, Metropolitan Efrem said.

The project belongs to the Romanian Patriarchate, through the Social Philanthropic Department, built by the Archdiocese of Bucharest in partnership with the Embassy of Switzerland, city hall of district 2 and Hilfsverein Nymphenburg Foundation (Germany) in the precincts of Saint Panteleimon parish – Foisorul de Foc (access through 14 General Dimitrie Salmen St, sector 2, Bucharest).

His Eminence Calinic, Archbishop of Arges and Muscel, His Eminence Casian, Archbishop of Lower Danube, His Eminence Efrem, Metropolitan of Ydra, Spetses and Egina and His Grace Ciprian Campineanul, Assistant Bishop to the Patriarch, attended the event.

Several officials were present on behalf of the Embassy of Switzerland, as follows: His Excellency Jean Hubebrt Lebet, the present Ambassador of Switzerland in Bucharest and Mrs Marinela Ivan, national programme officer, within the Embassy of Switzerland. Mrs. Isabela Hurjini represented City hall district 2 of Bucharest. SC EDIL CONSTRUCT firm was represented by Mr. Stefan Cliseru, director of the firm, while the Archdiocese of Bucharest was represented by Mrs Adriana Caruntu.

On the occasion of this event presents and diplomas were awarded to the persons who were really involved in the construction of this palliative care. Thus, His Excellency Jean Hubert Lebet, Ambassador of Switzerland in Bucharest, Mr Livio Hurzeler, Mr Simon Geisbuhler and Mrs Marinela Ivan were awarded the Order of Saint Emperors Constantine and Helen. Mr Neculai Ontanu, mayor of district 2 was given an icon of Saint Hierarch Nectarie from Egina. The Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle – protector of Romania was awarded to Mr. Stefan Cliseru, Director of EDIL CONSTRUCT firm. The Diploma of Worthiness of Saint Pious Dimitrios the New was awarded to Univ. Prof. Dr. Chemist Dumitru Lupuliasa, while the Distinction of Worthiness of the image of the Mother of God was awarded to Mrs Dr Isabela Hurjui, to Mrs Aurora Toma, and to Mrs Adriana Caruntu.

The centre has two floors and an attic; besides the space ascribed to the assisted ones, there are offices of social assistance, medical consulting rooms and for psychological counselling. The new centre of palliative care is one of the most modern ones in the country.

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