September 2017

Governor of Queensland Officially Opens St Luke's Green

St Luke’s Green, Woolloongabba, home to Brisbane’s most vibrant seniors community, was officially opened and blessed on Sunday the 10th of September 2017. It was a beautiful morning and the sun was shining as residents of the Retirement Village and Aged Care Home, and members of the local community met on the Village Green for a day of celebration. 

The day began with the Solemn Dedication of St Luke’s Church, the historic Spanish-mission style church that the Retirement Living and Aged Care Village is centred around. We were lucky enough to be joined by His Grace, Archbishop Mark Coleridge who conducted the ceremony along with the much-loved Rev Monsignor Peter Meneely. The Church was packed for the beautiful ceremony which celebrated the history of the Woolloongabba Parish and the important role it is now playing in catering to the needs of local seniors.
 
The Retirement Village is home to Sr Sonia Wagner, a former Congregational leader of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan. Sr Wagner reflects that, “Coming to St Luke’s Green is, for me, a coming home in every sense of the word. I grew up in Camp Hill and was educated at St Thomas’ primary school and completed my secondary education at Lourdes Hill College.  After years of serving in various parts of Australia – most recently in Port Pirie in South Australia – I have come back to where my journey began.”
 
Greengate CEO, Chris Rigby added that, “as people age, we believe that it is important they stay within the community they already know and love, close to family and friends.” Many of the residents are reconnecting with one another years later, from when their children were at the school together, or through the Church where they were married or where their families had sacraments as children.
 
After the mass, everyone gathered on the Village Green to witness the Official Opening of Greengate’s first Brisbane Village. “We are delighted the Governor of Queensland, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC and the Deputy Premier of Queensland, Jackie Trad officially opened St Luke’s Green,” said Chris. It was great to see so much support for St Luke’s Green coming not only from the local Woolloongabba community, but from the Queensland community as well. 
 
The crowd enjoyed listening to the speeches before digging in to some delicious morning tea put together by St Luke’s Green’s amazing Head Chef, Paul. There were lots of cakes and other sweet treats to choose from, and this writer definitely ate more than her fair share of lamingtons!
 
The Village was abuzz all morning with lively chats and laughter. Thank you to the families of our residents who attended the Official Opening and stayed through to the lunchtime barbeque, having everyone there re-enforced what a special community St Luke’s Green is. Finally, thank you to the dedicated team at Greengate who helped to create our vibrant little Village in the heart of the big city.
 
To find out more about living at St Luke’s Green, whether in the Independent Retirement apartments or in our Boutique Aged Care Home, please call us on 07 3129 9075 or email stlukesgreen@greengate.com.au.