By David Madden

By David Madden

PHILADELPHIA (CBS)–The Diocese of Camden has purchased a new home for the presiding bishop to use as his official residence.

Some might liken it to a mansion.

The Diocese closed before Christmas on the half million dollar purchase of an eight bedroom, six bath residence on Cooper Street in historic Woodbury.

Bishop Dennis Sullivan has been living in an apartment in Blackwood since taking over the diocese a year and a half ago.

Diocesan spokesman Peter Feuerherd explains why the church bought the house, which had been owned by Rowan University.

“He felt he needed more space to meet people, to greet potential donors and to have a residence for the Bishop of Camden.”

That residence also has a five car garage, three fireplaces and an in-ground pool.

Feuerherd says there will be some renovations to create office space on site but can’t say exactly when Sullivan will move in.

The Diocese is selling a home in Blackwood that had been used by Sullivan’s predecessors.

The asking price…$400 grand.

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