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This Is the House Where Dallas Catholic Bishop Kevin Farrell Lives

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With Pope Francis calling on the leaders of his flock to give up their luxuries, Rodger Jones over at the DMN got the smart idea to ask the Dallas Diocese where Bishop Kevin Farrell lives and what sort of wheels he drives. A spokeswoman for the bishop said that he lives in a donated house near Midway and Walnut Hill and that the purchase price was $1.2 million. He uses it for fundraising events, she offered by way of explanation for why a bachelor would need a 6,100-square-foot house with nearly 1,000 square feet of garage space. The spokeswoman said Bishop Farrell drives a Toyota Avalon that’s about four years old. I’m not going to judge the digs, but I was curious to see them, and I wondered why Jones didn’t provide a pic. So I tracked the place down. He’s got a turret! How very North Dallas.

30 comments on “This Is the House Where Dallas Catholic Bishop Kevin Farrell Lives

  1. Curious if the flock is pleased that their Bishop lives in a $1.2 mil storybook castle? Donated as in used the worshippers hard earned tithes to buy, or one well off worshipper handed over the keys?

  2. While we are at it. I would like to see the cribs of other local church leaders such as Robert Jeffress, Episcopalian Bishop Paul E. Lambert, the Reverends of HP methodist and HP Presbyterian, etc.
    Honestly, I would not mind if the head of my church lives in a 1.5 mil donated house if they were responsible for a large parish/congregation of a major metropolitan city.

  3. I would like to see TD Jake’s house. And for fun, how about Pastor Ricky Rush?

  4. Yesterday, they were filming “Two to Go” 2 doors down from there. Enlarge Jason Bateman production. Also another large production at Lakeside Baptist Church on Garland Road. Dallas is film busy!

  5. I have first hand knowledge of a comparable situation in another Midwestern diocese. A palatial mansion was donated to the Archdiocese for the Archbishop’s residence. The recipient lived in it for decades until a new Archbishop assumed the post. The new Archbishop ordered the residence sold and moved to more modest quarters. The proceeds of the sale went into the Archdiocese general fund.

  6. I got into a Twitter exchange with someone who argued that a $1.5 million house is upper middle class in Dallas. It’s a vague term. I had to fight hard not to go down the rabbit hole that would show (I think) that $1.5 million is beyond upper middle class.

    Here’s what I just realized, though: what saves Farrell (in the court of public sentiment at least) is the Avalon. Put him in the same house with even a C-Class Mercedes, and suddenly that pad looks like too much. With the Toyota in the driveway, though? Seems we can abide the abode.

  7. A sugar daddy on Earth and one in Heaven. Father Dude is an excellent financial planner. Simply heaven.

  8. Interesting article from NPR(?) awhile back at how Governors in many states are not living in their state-owned mansions. Either too old/historic or just plain ostentatious. Anyone that makes their own money can do whatever they want with it. When it becomes public money, or tax-exempt, then there should be scrutiny by the public that funds them.

  9. Interesting article from NPR(?) awhile back at how Governors in many states are not living in their state-owned mansions. Either too old/historic or just plain ostentatious. Anyone that makes their own money can do whatever they want with it. When it becomes public money, or tax-exempt, then there should be scrutiny by the people that fund them.

  10. And kudos to the Pope for putting blatant, meaningless consumption under that scrutiny.

  11. Contrary to what one might suspect, considering the size of the church, the former head pastor at HP Methodist lived in a modest home in Preston Hollow. The current head pastor lived in a modest duplex in UP the last I know of.
    HP Methodist is probably the most generous church in town in terms of helping those in need. Some of the members live in homes that make Bishop Farrell’s look modest but when the call comes to help those in need, they don’t hesitate to open their wallets.

  12. He owns (personally) a more modest home (without my having seen it, granted) in Garland according to DCAD.

  13. The current head pastor of HP Methodist does indeed live in a modest house and lives a modest lifestyle. His wife is a real estate agent to supplement their income.

    By the way, he gives deeply thoughtful and relevant sermons, which even non-believers can find interesting and instructive. (Fully admitting to shilling here.)

  14. Not sure that’s a turret on the Bishop’s house. A turret doesn’t start from ground-level as that appendage does. Perhaps it’s a faux turret, like a mock turtleneck sweater.

  15. the home in Garland belongs to the parish there. a lot of property is held in the bishop’s name. it doesn’t mean he personally owns it. interesting that the actual bishop’s residence is nowhere to be found on DCAD.

  16. It is an interesting coincidence that the bishop was offered this house within a very short time of his arrival in Dallas. An unsolicited donation? He could have turned down the offer (or as Rodgers notes, he could sell now). Bishop Tschoepe lived in a small apartment in the chancery office. Bishop Grahmann lived in a modest townhome near downtown. And Bishop Farrell said he needed to have a home like this to raise funds? Previous bishops raised a lot of funds without living in a chic neighborhood and an ostentatious house. In any case, has no one asked the diocese just how many fundraisers have been held in his home? And why those funds could not have been solicited elsewhere (e.g. by a visit to the home of the potential donor, in the chancery office, etc.)?

  17. It is interesting that the bishop’s home was donated within such a short time of his arrival in Dallas. Was it unsolicited? And why wasn’t it turned down? The bishop’s explanation (excuse?) is that he needed to raise funds. Other bishops have raised significant funds while living in a small apartment in the chancery (Bishop Tschoepe) or a modest townhome near downtown (Bishop Grahmann). Has anyone asked the bishop just how many fundraisers he has actually held in his home? And why they could not have been held elsewhere (the chancery office, the home of the potential donor, etc.)?

  18. It is interesting that the bishop’s home was donated within such a short time of his arrival in Dallas. Was it unsolicited? And why wasn’t it turned down? The bishop’s explanation (excuse?) is that he needed to raise funds. Other bishops have raised significant funds while living in a small apartment in the chancery (Bishop Tschoepe) or a modest townhome near downtown (Bishop Grahmann). Has anyone asked the bishop just how many fundraisers he has actually held in his home? And why they could not have been held elsewhere (the chancery office, the home of the potential donor, etc.)?

  19. Does the church pay the usual taxes on this property or is it exempt? Monthly bills and annual taxes on that would be hefty.

  20. You just are looking carefully enough. How do you think I found the photo? It’s in DCAD.

  21. The property is tax exempt. I doubt he gets his electricity for free, though.

  22. According to the article in the DMN he’s raised between $23M and $27M from fundraisers in the house.

  23. Curious if your pleased with your secularist leaders who rob and abuse you far more and do no charity like the Church does?
    (Guessing you have no problem with pro athletes having twenty million dollar houses ,but a much more important man with a 2 million dollar house is just too much because you’re an anti-Catholic bigot, am I right?)