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Retirement Village for Priests
Written by Cherry   
Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Diocesan Retirement Homes or Residencia Sacerdotal is a retirement village for priests which has been situated in Balanga City. Last Tuesday afternoon, Bishop Ruperto Santos of the Diocese of Balanga solemnized its blessing and inaugural ceremony while former Philippine Ambassador to the Vatican Henrietta de Villa, graced the occasion. The retirement home can be found in a 0.5 hectare land in Tagles Ville Subdivision in Barangay San Jose, Balanga City. A priest's unit with two bedrooms, and a building with three bedrooms, are now set for residence while the half of the second unit serves as administration building. The construction of the two-storey club house is ongoing, the second floor of which is planned as dormitory for young priests. Also in progress is the construction of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel. A coffee shop and sports facilities like tennis and basketball courts will soon be provided for the priests.

According to Bishop Santos the acquisition of the adjacent lot is also part of his plan so that more facilities will be built. Monsignor Romeo Banaban of Hermosa parish was the first beneficiary of the project because he had reached the retirement age of 65. Santos further said that the diocese shouldered all the costs incurred for the retirement homes. The costs include free water, electricity and food for the priests. As part of the benefits of a retiring priest, he will receive P10,000 monthly pension from the diocese and an added P5,000 weekly stipend if he participates in a mass or marriage rite. [via]

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