It appears that Newark Archbishop John J. Myers has “outgrown” the house in Franklin Township, New Jersey that has served as his weekend residence since 2002—when it was bought by the Archdiocese. In order to make the snug little 4,500 square foot home a more livable and spacious retirement home for Myers, a new 3,000 square foot, three-level addition is being built for him. I should note that the house, currently valued at $800,000, “already boasts five bedrooms, three bathrooms, a three-car garage and an outdoor swimming pool.”
According to Mark Mueller of the Star-Ledger, the new wing of the archbishop’s future retirement home “will include an indoor exercise pool, a hot tub, three fireplaces, a library and an elevator, among other amenities…” Mueller said the cost of the addition will be at least a half million dollars. That figure, however, doesn’t include “architectural costs, furnishings and landscaping.”
Michael Powell said in his recent New York Times article titled A Church So Poor It Has to Close Schools, Yet So Rich It Can Build a Palace that the Archdiocese of Newark–just two years ago–“shuttered” Mater Dei Academy, a Catholic elementary school that “tossed a lifeline to the immigrants who, wave upon wave, washed ashore here.”
The reason given by the Archdiocese for closing Mater Dei Academy and seven other schools in 2012 was “because of declining enrollments and fragile finances.” I guess the Archdiocese’s finances aren’t as fragile today as they were two years ago.
Archdiocese Closes School Due To Lack Of Funds, Then Builds Palace For Bishop (Talking Points Memo)
Archdiocese of Newark to close 8 more parochial schools (Star-Ledger)