NJ Advance Media
January 29, 2020
By Allison Pries
Retired Newark Archbishop John J. Meyers has left the state to live with family in Illinois as his health declines, the archdiocese said in a statement Wednesday.
The palatial, 7,500-square-foot home in Hunterdon County that drew protests when Meyers retired to it three years ago will be sold by the diocese, according to a statement from Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin.
“After a recent visit with his family in central Illinois, Archbishop Myers decided to remain in the region of his birth where he is receiving specialized care and can be visited by his family as well as the clergy of the Diocese of Peoria,” Tobin said.
Meyers drew criticism during his 15-year tenure as Archbishop for allowing a priest who admitted to sex offenses participate in youth programs against the terms of a legal agreement. He also was lambasted while retiring for adding a 3,000 square foot addition onto a 4,500 square foot home in Franklin Township.
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