Tuesday, January 07, 2014

NJ Catholic diocese buys mansion for bishop

This photo taken on May 1, 2006, shows the exterior to Rowan University President Donald Farish's house in Woodbury, N.J. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden has bought the mansion to use for the bishop's home and church functions. Diocese spokesman Peter Feuerherd said more space was needed for Bishop Dennis Sullivan to meet with donors, benefactors and use as workspace. The $500,000 sale closed on Dec. 23, 2013. The bishop currently lives in an apartment at the St. Pius X Retreat House in Blackwood, N.J. Photo: Al Schell, AP / Camden Courier-PostThe Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden has bought a mansion from Rowan University to use for the bishop's home and church functions.

Diocese spokesman Peter Feuerherd tells the Courier-Post that more space was needed for Bishop Dennis Sullivan to meet with donors, benefactors and use as workspace.

The $500,000 sale closed Dec. 23.

The bishop currently lives in an apartment at the St. Pius X Retreat House in Blackwood. 

The church is selling the Blackwood home where previous bishops lived.

The new home in Woodbury was controversial for Rowan University, which bought it in 2000 as a home for then-President Donald Farish.

The university had been trying to sell it since Farish left in 2011.

The 1908 home has an in-ground pool, three fireplaces, a library and a five-car garage.

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