Saint statue decapitated outside Fargo Catholic church

Published: Nov. 1, 2021 at 10:28 AM CDT
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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - The statue of St. Anthony outside of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Fargo had its head knocked off.

The church says it happened sometime between Saturday, October 30, and Monday, November 1, at the church on the corner of 10th Street and 8th Avenue South.

“When it’s your property or your personal belongings and someone destroys it… it’s a feeling of violation.” said church volunteer Cindy Longtin.

Paul Bruan with the Diocese of Fargo said it may be a challenge to repair the marble statue.

“We are having some folks come in and remove it and look at it,” said Braun, “We do have the severed part of the statue.”

“It jars the heart,” said Longtin on seeing the vandalism on All Saints Day, “It will make you feel sad. If we’re thinking right and have the right attitude, we will ask ourselves to be able to forgive that person.”

While he doesn’t know how it happened, who is responsible, or how much repairs will cost, Braun wants to remind people, “The parish is more than just brick and mortar…the parish is more than just statues… the parish is the people.”

The church is asking for anyone in the area with cameras to review their footage to see if they spotted anything.

November first is All Saints Day in the Catholic Church, a solemn day dedicated to the saints of the Church.

St. Anthony’s was the victim of a previous vandal that decapitated its Holy Mary statue. Find the previous reporting on that crime below.

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