Monday, February 03, 2014

BOSTON, MASS: For Trinity Church rector, a $3.6m home
Officials cite practicality of Beacon Hill purchase

By Lisa Wangsness
February 3, 2014

The rector's condo has a two-car garage, pantry with a wine cellar, and a guesthouse, and it is near Boston Common.Trinity Church, the historic Episcopal congregation in Copley Square known for its charitable work, has purchased a $3.6 million condo on Beacon Hill as a home for its rector, the Rev. Samuel T. Lloyd III.

The 3,100-square-foot Chestnut Street property boasts a two-car garage, a pantry equipped with a wine cellar, a courtyard draped with wisteria and ivy, and a guesthouse, all about a block from Boston Common.

The purchase, which sparked discussion among some church leaders, comes at a time when many mainline Protestant congregations are straining to meet their budgets amid years of membership decline, and when faith communities across the religious spectrum are increasingly concerned about the widening gap between rich and poor. Pope Francis has received global acclaim for spurning the Apostolic Palace for a simple suite in a Vatican guesthouse.

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