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.