On July 31st 2012, days before his 8th birthday, Stratos Raphael Angelopoulos was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour. It marked the beginning of his five and a half year battle with cancer, which by the grace of God, he endured with much patience and love, never once complaining of his pain or suffering. During this trying time, the Monastery became a place of respite and solace not only for Stratos but for his family alike. It was a quiet and spiritual setting very dear to his heart which inevitably became his home away from home. Stratos loved and cherished the Abbess as well as the sisters dearly.
Six years ago, together with Stratos, The Stratos Raphael Angelopoulos Fund was founded which successfully raised over 100,000$ for the Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation. Thanks to all of our supporters, a private room on the 8th floor, intensive care unit was built in honor of Stratos and his goal.
In his loving memory, a new organization, Team Stratos has been created, bringing a new endeavor in fruition: raising funds for the Virgin Mary of the Consolatory Monastery, in Brownsburg- Chatham, which is also Stratos' resting place.
May his memory be eternal.