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Monday, December 5, 2016
Bishop says: 'I don't want to be a millionaire'
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¬†It's not every day that you see a sign 'FOR SALE ≠ BISHOP'S HOUSE'. But if you've been along Cannon Hill in Lancaster since Monday, St Patrick's Day, you'll have seen the signs up outside Bishop Patrick O'Donoghue's home. On Whit Sunday last year, in his Pentecost Pastoral Letter to all members of his Diocese of Lancaster, Bishop Patrick wrote of his intention to move into a flat. And three rooms at Cathedral House, next door to Saint Peter's Cathedral in the city centre, are now being readied for occupation. True to his word, Bishop Patrick has made it very clear that money from the sale of his old house and grounds is not for himself. "My old home may be worth up to a million," he said, "but I've no desire whatsoever to be a millionaire myself". As he stated back in May last year, the Bishop intends that the money raised from the sale will be spent on various projects for the poor throughout the diocese. He stressed: "I want to better the work we're doing for drug addicts, alcoholics, the homeless, and people who have special needs. Not a penny will go into my own pocket." First, though, money will need to be spent on converting some rooms at Cathedral House into a flat for himself. Some money will also be expended on refurbishment of Cathedral House and the next-door Convent ≠ both listed buildings ≠ to create offices for the financial and property management of the Diocese, as well as offices for the Faith and Justice and Youth outreach works of the diocese. Bishop Patrick also promised to leave a sum for his successor to buy a simple dwelling, should he not wish to live in the flat. The sale arrangements are in the hands of Michael Cuddy & Co, Chartered Surveyors, and Steven Carnes of FPD Savilles. A full-colour brochure is in course of production, and will be ready soon. Then the house and grounds will go out to tender, with a deadline for sealed bids of Friday, 20th June at high noon! Meanwhile, Bishop Patrick left his home on Sunday for his fifth 'missionary fortnight'. Since last summer he's been spending two weeks at a time in the twelve deaneries that make up the diocese. He's currently in the Thornton Deanery [Cleveleys, Fleetwood, Poulton-le-Fylde, and Thornton-le-Fylde]. He'll be staying with the Dean, Fr Norman Johnston, at St Teresa's, Cleveleys, visiting parishioners and projects in the nine local parishes thereabouts. Source: Diocese of Lancaster
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