Church statue vandalized in Shamokin


SHAMOKIN, NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — A church is looking for answers as their statue was vandalized earlier this week in Northumberland County.

“To be honest, I think my first emotions were not so much anger, but it was just sort of a heavy disappointment,” said Father Martin Kobos, pastor at Mother Cabrini Church.

The Saint Theresa statue sits right outside Mother Cabrini Church in Shamokin. A custodian notified Father Kobos Tuesday morning that there was damage at the top of her face. And that the vandals knocked the head of Jesus off the cross, along with damaging parts of her fingers.

The church posted the incident to their Facebook page, and they estimate the incident occurred between Sunday night and early Monday morning.

“It appears whoever did it had to use the stairs because of the angle and it had to be some sort of strong blunt object: pipe or a bat,” Father Kobos said. 

Father Kobos says he has been with the church for 11 years and hasn’t experienced anything like this. While there was no evidence of any of the remnants left on the ground, the church has filed a report with Shamokin police and notified the diocese of the property damage.

The vandalism has locals talking.

“The incident here with the statue and it’s quite distressing,” a resident said. 

“These people help people and then to destroy their property, no. That’s uncalled for. I hope whoever does it brings the stuff back,” said Brenda Keller, a former member of the church.

There is some positivity in the future. Father Kobos told Eyewitness News they are having a local artist from Mount Carmel look into possibly fixing this statue, but with the colder weather changes over the next few months, that won’t likely happen until the spring. 

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