In late March this year, Father Simon and I presented the Case for the rebuild of our Parish Church and facilities at St Francis of Assisi to the Diocesan Rebuild Board. This document, referred to as our ‘Needs Analysis,’ had been developed by the Parish’s ‘Needs Assessment Group’ over many months and incorporated our needs for a new Church, a Pastoral Centre and a new Presbytery. This document can be found here. Case for a new Church and facilities at St Francis of Assisi Parish
The departure of the Diocesan Property Manager mid-year resulted in a small delay to the project but in recent months we have been able to meet the new Property Manager on several occasions and discuss and clarify any issues associated with our ‘Needs Analysis’ document.
A meeting with the Diocesan’s ‘Building and Sites’ Committee was held four weeks ago and resulted in some positive feedback being received. This committee recognised the complexity of the issues facing our parish in Mairehau and that the parish team had thoroughly considered all the issues.
Following this discussion with diocesan rebuild officials, we have decided to build a relationship with one architect around the design of the new facilities for our parish. In the conversation we have with this architect, we will clarify further what it is that we are wanting, and the architect will hone down a concept design that meets as many of our expectations as possible.
Core guiding documents for this process are the Architect’s Brief or the “Needs Analysis” of our parish and Bishop Barry’s teaching document on new churches, entitled God’s Dwelling Place – the latter document being located here. gods-dwelling-place
We are currently planning to meet again with the architect in the latter part of October or early November to view his initial concept plans. Once we have a robust design concept, parishioners will have an opportunity to offer specific feedback for our ongoing conversation with the architect.
Chair – Parish Rebuild Team