Arkansas monastery’s altar desecrated with sledgehammer, 1,500-year-old relics stolen – Catholic World Report

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The altar of an Arkansas Benedictine monastery was destroyed Thursday, and several relics of ancient saints were stolen.Subiaco Abbey in Subiaco, Arkansas, said in a press release that on Jan. 5, a man using “a regular hammer and sledgehammer/ax” began destroying the abbey’s marble altar by smashing it in different places. Founded in 1878, Subiaco is home to a community of 39 Benedictine monks.Jerrid Farnam, 31, of Subiaco, Arkansas, was arrested Thursday afternoon in connection with the crimes.The suspect left a gaping hole in the top of the altar and broke open stones that contain relics, the abbey said. Two reliquaries — small, brass-colored boxes that each contained three relics of saints from more than 1,500 years ago — were stolen, according to the Logan County Sheriff’s Office.A closer look at the extent of the damage to the altar. Subiaco AbbeyFather Elijah Owens, OSB, the abbot of the monastery, told CNA Friday that the relics contained in one of the reliquaries were those of St. Boniface, St. Tiberius, and St. Benedict of Nursia.The other reliquary contained the relics of St. Tiberius, St. Marcellus, and St. Justina, Owens said.The man approached the tabernacle and removed a cross located on top as well as the tabernacle’s veil before being “interrupted,” the abbey said. Neither the tabernacle nor the Eucharist were damaged, the abbey said.

Arkansas monastery’s altar desecrated with sledgehammer, 1,500-year-old relics stolen – Catholic World Report

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