Bishop Re-consecrates Rochester Cemetery After Vandalism
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - About 100 people endured today's chilly temperatures and gusty winds to attend the re-consecration of Calvary Cemetery in Rochester.
Bishop Robert Barron led the rare reconsecration ceremony in response to some recent acts of vandalism at the Catholic cemetery along Silver Creek between Quarry Hill and Silver Lake Parks in northeast Rochester. The vandalism occurred on Halloween night and included satanic and other offensive graffiti on gravestones and other memorial markers. The Catholic News Agency reported the cost of cleanup and repairs could reach $8000.
The leader of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester previously issued a statement condemning the criminal acts and vowing to "bless and re-consecrate this sacred space."
The Catholic News Agency reported the cost of cleanup and repairs was estimated at around $8000. At the last report, Rochester Police were still investigating the incident.