Governor-General and Archbishop at Official Opening of New Care Community St Brigid's Green in Maroubra

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
27 Feb 2015

New Care Community St Brigid's Green in Maroubra

The site of the new St Brigid's Garden senior's community has quite a history. Grassy paddocks, the Church of the Holy Family, a French school, convent and home to the Brigidine Sisters.

Today it is home to retired and elderly residents as well as those requiring permanent or palliative care.

But the grassy field is still there in the form of a Village Green in the heart of the complex.

Although still owned by the parish, Greengate has developed and now operates the site on a long-term lease.

Today the Governor-General His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove and Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP were at St Brigid's Green for the Official Opening and Blessings.

Both commented on the quality and care that has gone into the apartments and boutique aged care residences. The complex also provides  home-cooked meals on site, health and fitness programs, cafe and chapel.

Archbishop Anthony blessed the site and the gathering of residents, family and friends.

Also present was retired parish priest Fr Bill Challenor who advocated for the retirement village for many years. Fr Bill was invited back for the opening by the Director of Greengate Group, Howard Smith.

A number of long-time locals have already moved in to St Brigid's Green including two ladies who met at the church and became close friends.

They are now among the first residents of the complex.