There are currently over 150 priests in the Archdiocese of Singapore, of which nearly a third have been priests for more than 30 years.
With an expected rise in the number of retired priests in the future, the archdiocese made plans to build Bethany East, a residence to care for those who have given their lives to care for others.
The residence is a 7,000 sq ft, two-storey detached house with an attic. It has been optimally designed to be elderly friendly. It will feature a lift for easier access, a prayer room, and en-suite bathrooms for each bedroom.
It can accommodate up to eight retired priests and is located along Changi Road, a short walk from the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour. Hence, the residents of the home can continue to play an active role in the community.
The construction of Bethany East was completed in July 2018 at an estimated cost of $2.6 million.