ABOUT ST JOHN VIANNEY HOUSE
Ordination to the Priesthood is a life-long vocation.
At ordination, a priest promises he will faithfully fulfil all the demands of priestly life in obedience to his bishop. And the bishop in turn, commits to care for the new priest throughout the whole of his ministry - right through to his retirement and beyond.
After a lifetime of sacrifice and service, no priest should face retirement with financial uncertainty.
For many years Bishop Patrick was concerned about providing accommodation for our retired priests, and after much discussion, St John Vianney House was opened in November 2001 in Vermont St in Ponsonby. It was named after that great saint, John Vianney, the patron saint of all priests.
Over the years, 55 priests have either lived or convalesced there. It has self-contained individual apartments for ten priests at a time and they are currently all full.