As the choir of St. Jude Thaddeus parish in Albuquerque began the final hymn on Sunday, a man leaped over the pews and began stabbing members of the choir. Four people were stabbed before the attacker was restrained by parishioners. Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan expressed his sorrow and offered his prayers for all those affected by the violent incident. In a statement he released, Archbishop Sheehan said,
“This is the first time in my 30 years serving as archbishop in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe and as Bishop of Lubbock, that anything like this has occurred. I pray for all who have been harmed, their families, the parishioners and that nothing like this will ever happen again.”
All four of the injured parishioners were treated at hospitals and listed in stable condition. It is unknown at this time whether the attacker had any ties to the victims or whether he regularly attended the church.
Please join us as we pray for all those affected by this violent act, and for an end to violence throughout the world.