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WOODBURY, N.J. (AP) - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden has bought a mansion from Rowan University to use for a bishop's home and 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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