Restoration is projected to begin at the 118-year-old St Francis of Assisi RC church, Belmont, at the end of March. St Francis was closed in 2010 because of structural issues: a leaking roof, termite infestation and porous walls, which made the building unsafe. Masses have been held at the pastoral centre which was subsequently constructed.
Built in 1903, the church was added to the list of National Heritage sites by the National Trust mid last year. Restoration will be executed in phases and funding support is being promoted by the parish.
A video has been prepared in which Archbishop Jason Gordon calls for support to “restore this beautiful chapel”. He referred to the rich history of Belmont, which has produced contributors to culture and art as well as “presidents and cultural artisans”.