Franciscans seek venue for revitalised women’s group

• Franciscans board members Terri Starcevic and Suzanne Bradbury

FREMANTLE charity Franciscans of the Cross is planning to revive its women’s group after securing some funding and a new co-ordinator, but is on the lookout for a permanent venue.

The Franciscans’ superior general Brother Francis Mary says the women’s group would be open to people of all faiths and denominations.

Br Francis said one of the main focuses would be providing assistance to women who were living homeless or experiencing domestic violence.

Franciscans board member Suzanne Bradbury said they already had a network of volunteers who could help provide support in a range of services, but were always keen to take on others prepared to contribute their skills.

During the meetings participants share in a lunch, as well as take part in a range of activities such as exercise classes or clothing swaps.

Br Francis said they could source other women to provide counselling when needed, while there’d always be some spiritual guidance on hand.

“You come along and not just get fed, but you can have a prayer and have access to the mass,” he said.

He said the Franciscans were looking for a venue with minimal barriers to access, a kitchen and space for a children’s room as kids under school age will be welcome as well, and was a safe space for women.

If it came with a charitable landlord, they’d also be grateful so costs can remain at a minimum.

The Franciscans recently secured a $1000 grant from Australia Post, but are also holding a fundraising auction and concert in conjunction with the Fremantle Street Doctors on August 14 at the St Patrick’s Basilica Hall.

The concert will feature local photographer Nick Melidonis in his musical guise, as well as fellow Choirs for Angels member Anne Rowe.

Nick Melidonis

They’ll be playing hits from the 60s through to the 80s, while Mr Melidonis has donated one of his photographs for the event’s auction.

The concert is free, but donations are being split evenly between the Franciscans and the Fremantle Street Doctor.

Anyone interested in participating in the women’s group can contact Ms Bradbury on

Tickets for the fundraiser are available from; search for “When the times they were achanging.”

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