Above: The St Francis Xavier’s Presbytery adjacent to the church, will be demolished and its role taken by a new Parish Centre in Nandewar street, the former convent, pictured, which has been extensively refurbished as the priest’s residence, office and meeting rooms.
St Francis Xavier’s Parish Centre in Nandewar Street was officially opened by Bishop Michael Kennedy on December 7.
The opening and blessing, after a 10 month program of refurbishments, also signals the close of a chapter for the St Francis Xavier’s Presbytery.
Regrettably but necessarily, the old Presbytery known to many generations, is to be demolished.
The costs of restoring and retaining the building are prohibitive, Dr Kerry Moroney, in his role as chair of the Finance committee said just prior to his departure from Narrabri last week.
“It is a historic building. The Parish dates from 1880s, so the building dates from that era,” Dr Moroney said.
“To rebuild, repaint, rewire, floor cover and generally refurbish it would cost about $550,000.
“It will cost $55,000 to pull it down because of the presence of the asbestos.
“It will be demolished and the former convent, the Parish Centre, built in 1926, has been refurbished.
“The work on the Parish Centre chapel includes repainting, new floor coverings and installation of air conditioning. The exterior will remain the same.”