CUMBERLAND — The building at 300 E. Oldtown Road will come full-circle soon, housing Catholic priests as it did years ago.

Situated within smelling distance of a spaghetti dinner at St. Mary Catholic Church, the building once provided living quarters for parish priests.

In more recent times, the dwelling was leased by the Western Maryland Health System and has housed a medical clinic and then medical adult day care.

It has been used only for storage by the health system since the spring of 2009 when adult care was no longer provided.

The Times-News was unable to get Sean Caine, the director of communications for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, to return phone calls, but by e-mail Caine said, “The archdiocese is renovating the annex-former convent to serve as a rectory where the Capuchin priests serving the area will live. The structure was originally built as a rectory. The current construction will restore the building to that original use.

“The Capuchins have served the Cumberland area since 1875. Their current pastorates include Sts. Peter and Paul in Cumberland and St. Ambrose in Cresaptown. For 135 years, the archdiocese has partnered with the Capuchin Franciscans to serve the people of Allegany County. We look forward to that continued relationship,” Caine wrote.

A woman who answered the phone at St. Mary said nobody there could speak about the matter. A call from the Times-News to Father Mike Masich of the Capuchins was not returned.

Contact Michael A. Sawyers at msawyers@times-news.com.

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