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Liberty house for sale: Bishop will return to city

Published: Mon, April 27, 2009 @ 12:02 a.m.

Bishop Murry wants to live in Youngstown, seat of the diocese, and be part of the city’s rejuvenation.


Vindicator Staff Writer

YOUNGSTOWN — In this tough real estate market, Catholic Diocese of Youngstown might be praying for divine intervention as it tries to sell the bishop’s residence in Liberty Township.

The home at 4762 Logan Way was put up for sale three months ago.

Bishop George V. Murry said there are several reasons for the move.

“I would like to live in the city. ... I grew up in a city [Camden, N.J.] and am comfortable in cities.” As a Jesuit priest, he spent time as a pastoral associate in Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia and served as an auxiliary bishop in Chicago.

The bishop is moving to a residence on Gypsy Lane. “It’s easily accessible to the chancery and [St. Columba] cathedral,” both on West Wood Street. He said he’s been looking since he came to the Youngstown diocese and the time is right for the move. He also noted the diocese bought the house on Gypsy for a reasonable price.

“[The sale also ] is part of the downsizing of the diocese to a certain extent,” Bishop Murry said. “I wanted to take the lead in that.”

Bishop Murry described the house on Logan Way as “a tool” used by the bishop to do his work.” He said he has used the house as a place for priest and chancery meetings and social functions of the diocese.

But he acknowledged that the large house in Liberty, situated on about 2 1/2 acres, with five bedrooms, two family rooms, large living room and dining room, is much more than he needs. The actual move date isn’t set yet.

“Youngstown is the seat of the diocese. I want to be there ... and be part of the rejuvenation of Youngstown.”

Bishop Murry said the house on Logan Way was bought by the diocese in1998 when his predecessor, Bishop Thomas Tobin, served. Bishop Tobin was here from 1996-2005. As with Bishop Murry, Bishop Tobin used the house for diocesan meetings and social functions.

Bishop Murry’s future home on Gypsy Lane is where Bishop Tobin lived before moving to the Logan Way property.

Of the furnishings, Bishop Murry said some pieces will go to Catholic Charities.

Bishop Murry said he considered using the Logan Way house as a place for meetings and retreats but after consulting with his staff, he decided against that. He said that Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center in Villa Maria, Pa., the Ursuline Center in Canfield, Walsh University and St. Michael the Archangel, both in Canton, are already set up for such activities. Bishop Murry said.

“The house is property that we just don’t need.”

Bishop Murry said that’s also a reason why the diocese plans to sell Our Lady of the Woods Pastoral Center, 3128 Logan Way. It is property that the diocese doesn’t need.


1scrooge(563 comments)posted 7 years, 1 month ago

Soooooooooo they bought a house to replace the house they don't need and that house (the one they don't need) has been for sale for 3 months. Now I am a product of the valley's public school systems but does that make much sense?
They have 2 properites already and they decided to aquire a 3rd that's 5 minutes down the road so he can be "in the city"?
Better change the locks on the communion cupboard, I think somebody's been hitting the wine stored in there.

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2Stan(9923 comments)posted 7 years, 1 month ago

The Gypsy Lane house is closer to the souls that need saved. :)

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3tylersclark(182 comments)posted 7 years, 1 month ago

I applaud the move.

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4yguins4(18 comments)posted 7 years, 1 month ago

Scrooge i think you read soemthing wrong he bough one house and is selling another house. it does not talk about a third house.

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5epicfail(217 comments)posted 7 years, 1 month ago

I agree with Stan and Tyler, being closer to the city center and it's problems is a good thing for him. Whether it was intended to be or not, it's a sign of solidarity in my opinion.

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