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Diocese reports vandalization of Virgin Mary
statue outside of Catholic school in Elmhurst
BY JACOB KAYE
A statue of the Virgin Mary at the entrance of
a Catholic school in Elmhurst was vandalized
last week, according to the Diocese of
On Friday, July 10, around 3 a.m., an unknown individual
approached the statue outside of Cathedral
Prep School and Seminary, located at 56-25 92nd St.,
and wrote the word “idol” onto the statue’s front, the
diocese said. School staff discovered the vandalism
around 7:30 a.m. By Friday aft ernoon, the statue had
been cleaned, according to the diocese.
“Today, Cathedral Prep endured an act of hatred.
We were victims of vandalism against a beloved
statue that is dear to generations of Cathedral students.
This image of our most Blessed Mother is approximately
100 years old and each day, both students
and passersby pray fervently for her intercession
in front of the statue,” said Father James Kuroly, the
rector and president of Cathedral Prep. “Obviously,
this tragedy saddens us deeply but it also renews our
hope and faith in the Lord as he has shown his goodness
in the many people who have already reached
out to us. We are sincerely grateful for the help we
have received as well as the prayers.”
The statue of the Virgin Mary has been at the entrance
of the boys school for over 100 years. It moved
with the school when the school was relocated from
Brooklyn to Elmhurst in 1985.
Police released a surveillance photo of the suspect
on July 11.
Anyone with information in regard to the identity
of this individual is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime
Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for
Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also
submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers
website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, or
on Twitter @NYPDTips or by texting their tips to
274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
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