Authorities arrested two suspects Tuesday following acts of vandalism at a Chicago-area church over the weekend that left parishioners “visibly shaken.”
The heads of Mary and Joseph statues were lopped off in a church garden and a nativity scene was egged, according to a parish priest.
Describing the suspects as juveniles, Pastor Anthony Brankin St. Odilo Church in Berwyn, Illinois, told TheBlaze that they have been arrested and could be charged with misdemeanors in a “spiritual blow” that has shaken the congregation.
“I noticed — just visibly — they were all visibly shaken and their faces visibly pained,” Brankin said of his congregation after he told them about what unfolded.
Nuns at the church became aware of the damage early Sunday morning — which was discovered in a convent garden — after hearing the perpetrators scream a “wild, ugly sound” before vacating the premises, according to Brankin.
He told TheBlaze that he believes the suspects selectively “targeted Jesus, Mary and Joseph,” leaving the rest of the church’s property untouched.
Brankin added that he is grateful for the support that the church has received and noted that repairs will likely cost St. Odilo Church a few hundred dollars.
A voice message left for Berwyn Police Department was not immediately returned to TheBlaze.