Former Priest Sells Million-Dollar Home [Woods Hole MA]
October 13, 2006

Boston -- A former priest who embezzled thousands of dollars from his parish sold his posh Woods Hole mansion to the Humane Society of the United States for $1.5 million.

Bernard Kelly, 74, former pastor of St. Joseph's Church in Woods Hole, sold the luxurious 4.3-acre Cumdaquid property located on Route 6A on Oct. 3, according to a Cape Cod Times report.

Kelly, who allegedly had an intimate relationship with a male sex offender, Paul Nolin, retired from his parish in 2003 after his relationship with Nolin came to light. Nolin, who Kelly hired as a handyman at the parish, was convicted in the murder of Jonathan Wessner, 20, and is serving a life sentence for the crime.

Kelly admitted embezzling $50,000 from his former parish and agreed to pay $1.3 million to the Fall River diocese to make up for the stolen funds. He originally asked $3.5 million for his Fox Glen Manor property, which has seven bedrooms, a six-car garage, a horse barn and an in-ground swimming pool.

The Humane Society said the property will be transformed into a sanctuary for animals.


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