Augustine Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood was discovered on Saturday by Father Frank Tomino, the pastor there, who said in the statement that the Tabernacle was “the central hub of our church outside of worship.”
Tomino was on his way to hear confessions in a parish up the street when he passed by St. Augustine and noticed that one of the doors was open, according to the tablet, publishing by the parish.
When he entered the church, he faced destruction, and found the Eucharist – usually bread or chips – scattered around the altar. The sight made him feel ill, he said, adding in the statement that the Eucharist in the Tabernacle was used in the Communion for the sick and families.
Church officials said the burglary happened on Friday, while police gave a wider window, saying it happened between 6:30 p.m. Thursday and 4 p.m. Saturday. New York City police said in an email that there were no witnesses and surveillance footage was not available. Tomino said that while the church has security cameras inside and outside, parts of the surveillance system were also captured during the burglary.
Police said the altar’s metal casing was “forced open” with an electric saw, allowing the dwelling to be snatched. The diocese said statues of angels on both sides of the dwelling were “beheaded and destroyed”. An empty safe was also opened.
Police had no evidence of potential suspects until Monday evening and asked anyone with information about the burglary to contact the department. crime unit. Tomino speculated that several people were involved in the theft, given the enormous weight of the dwelling.
Although the police said the tent was solid gold, Father Robert Whelan said on a 2013 program about the church that it was made of 18-karat gold-plated silver.
Construction of the tenement ended in 1895, Whelan said, a few years after the church opened, the New York Times said. Described in 1892 “As Brooklyn’s best.” St. Augustine—and inside the residence— narrowly avoided being hit by a plane that crashed into Park Slope in 1960, killing dozens. “The plane fell to the ground, missing the towering church tower only a few feet away,” Article – Commodity In the Catholic Standard and the Times said at the time.
Whelan said the jewels affixed to the tabernacle were donated by parishioners, who at the time were required to bring their jewels for use. Diamonds and other jewelry from engagement and wedding rings were used to decorate the temple.
It was “probably the most elaborate camping tent in the country,” Whelan said on the show.
Jacqueline Besser contributed to this report.