Bishop Brennan Reconsecrates St. Joseph Church After Desecration

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Bishop Robert Brennan reconsecrated St. Joseph Church in Astoria June 9 after the church was desecrated June 5.

Bishop Brennan led the parish in prayers and blessed the altar, the prayer chapel, the walls, and the faithful with holy water.

A 21-year-old man who appeared to be emotionally disturbed entered St. Joseph Church in Astoria on June 5, broke open the tabernacle, removed the holy Eucharist stored inside it, and carelessly tossed it around, church officials said.

According to the Diocese of Brooklyn, police from the 114th Precinct responded to a 911 call that evening about a man who was breaking things inside the church at 28-47 43rd St. and trying to hurt himself.