Maine’s Catholic bishop moving from 16-room mansion to 3-bedroom

Posted June 21, 2011, at 6:41 p.m.
Last modified June 22, 2011, at 8:31 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s Catholic bishop is downsizing.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland says Bishop Richard Malone is going from a 16-room mansion in one of Portland’s most upscale neighborhoods to a three-bedroom home in a suburban subdivision.

Diocese spokeswoman Sue Bernard says the move is a way to save money on heating, maintenance and property taxes.

Bernard tells the Portland Press Herald the bishop made the decision to move from the 7,000-square-foot federal style mansion into a 3,000-square-foot colonial in Falmouth after consulting with his advisers.

The diocese is going to sell the 16-room mansion, which was built in 1900. The diocese hasn’t decided on a selling price, but the city last assessed the building at $925,000.