The 2017 Jesuit Yearbook has been published, and features a heart warming recognition of Fr. Angelo D’Agostino.
The great epidemic struck Africa in the ‘80s of the last century. AIDS attacked adults first, then began to strike down children as well. In Nairobi, Father D’Ag, a Jesuit with a beautiful open face and a white beard was there to help, his heart anguished by the awful carnage. His name was Angelo D’Agostino, but everyone called him D’Ag. He was a man full of energy, tired of too many funerals and fed up of seeing a sense of resignation all around him. It seemed that everyone else was convinced that there was no remedy for that death sentence. “But,” he assured people “I think I can save a lot of innocent children.” It was 1992. Along the streets of Nairobi Father D’Agostino was looking for a venue, a little room as a base where he could realize his great dream—to take care of sick children, and if they were incurable, to at least give them a decent place to die. In the West-lands area of Nairobi, he found a humble building and turned it into a refuge for the first three little orphans. All three had lost their parents to AIDS and they carried the deadly virus in their own bodies. But now they had a home—moreover, a “welcoming home”, in Swahili “Nyumbani”