The 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 told 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.
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The new 7,000-square-foot home on Cooper Street 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.
Feuerherd told NBC10 that “a $500,000 residence/work center/meeting place cannot be considered lavish.”
The 1908 home has an in-ground pool, three fireplaces, a library and a five-car garage.