Heritage-listing welcomed for church and presbytery

St Francis Xavier Church in Quairading.
St Francis Xavier Church in Quairading.

The church was built in 1936 and the presbytery in 1954.

State Heritage Office executive director Graeme Gammie said there was an influx of people to regional WA after the great depression and World War II.

‘The Catholic Church was good at meeting the needs of the growing Catholic community and, by the mid-1930s, initiated a statewide intensive building program,’ Mr Gammie said.

‘This program resulted in 24 new churches being built, one of which was St Francis Xavier Church.’

Current parish priest Father Francis Kot said he was pleased the church and presbytery had been entered on the register.

‘It is an important place of worship for the Catholic community in the area, and we hope the heritage listing will also attract more funding opportunities to ensure the place is looked after for generations to come,’ Father Kot said.

St Francis Xavier Church still offers church services to the Quairading community.