Our Identity: Who We Are


John Paul Village is a Catholic Retirement Village that incorporates a residential aged care facility. It was opened in 1985 and remains an active part of the Catholic Parish of St John Bosco Engadine, under the inspiration of the Salesians of Don Bosco. John Paul Village provides caring services to the residents and to older or disabled people as an expression of Christian love and concern for people, irrespective of race, creed or colour.

The Salesians of Don Bosco continue the work and spirit of St John Bosco (1815 – 1888), who gave his life for the care and education of poor young people around the city of Turin, and later around the world. Key features of Don Bosco’s work are being present among people, and helping people know that they are loved.

John Paul Village began as a joint venture of the Engadine parishes of the Uniting Church and the Catholic Church. The patronage of John Paul acknowledges the then Pope, John Paul II, but is also a tribute to John Wesley (founder of the Methodists, precursors to the Uniting Church) and Paul the Apostle (patron saint of Malta, birthplace of the parish priest, Fr John Briffa). While the Uniting Church had to withdraw from the venture, one of its original representatives, Mr John Hastie, served on the Village’s Board of Management and Advisory Board for 25 years, giving testimony to the ecumenical nature of the Village’s mission.


Our Vision and Mission: what we want to be

  • A home that welcomes
  • A vibrant community that celebrates each stage of life to the full
  • A place where friendships are discovered and shared
  • A living expression of Christ’s love for all

Our way of working: what we value

  • Trust in others and their trust in us
  • Equal opportunity and justice for all
  • Quality of life for the aged, and respect for their rights
  • Open and effective communication, with management and staff working together as a team
  • Excellence of care to continuous improvement
  • Acknowledgement of team and individual contributions.

John Paul Village – Management Structure

Advisory Committee

Elected by the President of the Board, the President being the Parish Priest (or his nominee) of the Parish of St John Bosco, Engadine.


John Paul Village is a Retirement Village, incorporating:

190 Residential Aged Care Beds
166 Self Care Units
35 Community Aged Care Packages

A Brief History of John Paul Village

John Paul Village was ‘conceived’ in 1980 at a chance meeting of the then Parish Priest of St John Bosco Parish Engadine, Father John Briffa sdb, and the then Minister of the Engadine-Helensburgh Uniting Church, Rev Keith Biddle.

The Catholic Church owned land at Heathcote and the Uniting Church had been granted the licenses to build a Nursing Home but had no land.  The two decided to get together as an ecumenical joint venture and build a Retirement Village.

Unfortunately, the Uniting Church, due to financial constraints, withdrew from the venture in July 1984 before construction commenced.

Construction commenced in December 1984 and the first residents took occupancy in August 1985 in the first Self Care Units. The Nursing Home opened on October 19th 1985 with forty seven (47) residents. The Nursing Home was subsequently extended in 1993 to seventy six (76) beds to meet the needs of the community. A further upgrade of the nursing home took place in 2006 which now accommodates 56 single and 13 double rooms all with ensuite.

The Village expanded progressively and now consists of:

166  Self Care Units
190 Residential Aged Care Beds
35  Community Aged Care Packages

The Village is an initiative of the Catholic Parish of St John Bosco Engadine, whose parishioners supported the venture in 1984

Our aim is to provide a happy and secure environment where we can ensure the high standard of individual assistance with daily living to each resident.

Village Strategic Plan

John Paul Village Strategic Plan 2011-2015
John Paul Village is currently developing a new strategic plan, with a focus on the next five years, but also to inform a long-term vision.
To read the Plan  – Download Pdf here.

Update on the John Paul Village Strategic Plan, March 2011
In February 2011 a planning meeting of residents, staff, and members of the Advisory Committee met for five hours to consider the information gathered from consultations in 2010 and to identify John Paul Village’s major challenges and goals in the coming years.
To read the Update- Download Pdf here.

Gender Equality Report

To read the Gender Equality Report download PDF <GenderEqualityPublicReport_2017