The Priests Retirement Foundation was established in 1990 and contributes to the ongoing care of retired priests across the Archdiocese of Melbourne. This includes, but is not limited to, the provision of suitable accommodation and health care and medical out of pocket expenses.
'We spent our lives trying to do things for other people and now we need a bit of assistance ourselves. And the Foundation helps us enormously.' —Fr Ted Teal, retired priest
Within the Archdiocese, there are two purpose-built retirement homes: Justin Villa in North Balwyn and George Maher House in Clifton Hill. Priests may also choose to live privately in their own house (often inherited) or a house or unit where the rental is funded by the Foundation. The physical and mental wellbeing of all retired priests is continually overseen by two highly qualified nurses also funded by the Foundation.
The Priests Retirement Foundation runs an annual appeal on the first Sunday of September, Father’s Day. To donate, please pick up an appeal envelope from your local parish church or donate online.
Donations can also be made by mail (cheque or money order), made payable to “Priests Retirement Foundation”. Please send to PO Box 615, East Melbourne VIC 8002. Donations are 100% tax-deductible.
Bequeathing of donations to the Foundation is worthy of consideration when preparing a will. Your solicitor should use these words: “I give and bequeath (insert details of the bequest or legacy) to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne for the benefit of retired priests of the Archdiocese.”
Priests Retirement Foundation
PO Box 615, East Melbourne VIC 8002
Phone: (03) 9926 2472