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Diocese selling St. Coumban retreat center in Derby

The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo is putting the St. Columban Center, the diocesan retreat center located along the shores of Lake Erie in Derby, on the market. The asking price is $1.9 million.

“We review diocesan operations and assets on a regular basis and we have determined that now is the time to put the Columban Center on the market,” Bishop Richard J. Malone said Monday.

The Columban Center, located on Lake Shore Road, has been the diocesan retreat center for decades, hosting individual and directed retreats and other events for thousands, young and old.

The nearly 27,000-square-foot Georgian mansion was known as Suncliff Manor when it was built in 1914 as a summer residence for the Hans Schmidt Family. Schmidt was well known for his leather-tanning business in Buffalo. The diocese bought the 15.3-acre property in 1947 through the support of the St. Columban Retreat League. An addition was completed in 1959.

In 2010, Christ the King Seminary expanded its offering of retreats to the Derby facility. The seminary will continue to accommodate diocesan retreats, days of prayer and spiritual conferences at the Christ the King campus.

For more information on purchasing the center, contact the diocesan Office of Buildings and Properties at 716-847-8750.