March 2019

Archbishop of Sydney Blesses the Residents of St Patrick's Green

The retirement and aged care residents at St Patrick’s Green, Kogarah received a special visit from His Excellency, Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP on Thursday, 14 March 2019. Residents gathered in the village’s theatrette for a Holy Mass conducted by the Archbishop; this was especially meaningful for some of the aged care residents who are no longer well enough to make it out to Church. After the Mass, Archbishop Anthony Fisher conducted a blessing of the new seniors’ community in Kogarah, making his way through the vast community areas, each floor of the aged care home, and around the stunning village green that lies in the centre of the independent retirement apartments. 

Before blessing the village, Archbishop Anthony Fisher took the time to thank St Patrick’s Green for its good work in the local St George community. His Grace made mention of St Luke, who worked hard to create hospices where people could be cared for in a safe environment. Archbishop Anthony Fisher added that St Patrick’s Green was carrying on the good work of St Luke by providing not only a space where Kogarah seniors can go to receive care, but also a place where the staff actually care about the people who live there. 
 
Greengate CEO, Ralph Warburton, said he was honoured to have the Archbishop visit Greengate’s third seniors’ community: ‘we’re delighted to be hosting this event just over a year since this wonderful village was commissioned on Catholic land. St Patrick’s Green is such a warm, safe and vibrant community, and we are proud to be the home of 167 of Australia’s finest people.’ 
 
The day meant a lot for many of the St Patrick’s Green residents, with the seniors remarking how lucky they were to have the Archbishop visit their home. Retirement resident, Pauline said, ‘The Archbishop is such a kind man, he really takes the time to talk to everyone and make us feel special. It’s so great to have him here and I feel good about him having blessed our home.’
 
Whilst Greengate is an independent company, each of their three villages have strong ties to the Catholic communities in both Sydney and Brisbane. St Patrick’s Green has a large Catholic cohort, which Greengate honoured when naming the village after the neighbouring St Patrick’s Church. “How lucky we are to have a great community strengthened by the Catholic roots, both inside our village and out in the community,” said Ralph Warburton. “Our aim at St Patrick’s Green and Greengate has always been to support the local community, ensure our residents enjoy every day, and to be there to provide that extra helping hand when needed through our supportive continuum of care model.”
 
St Patrick’s Green welcomes people of all backgrounds and faiths, and encourages seniors from the Kogarah area to drop by and see the village first-hand. St Patrick’s Green has an Open House every Monday from 10am-12pm at 40 Chapel Street, Kogarah. Call 02 9097 9175 or email stpatricksgreen@greengate.com.au for more information.