Historic monstrance stolen from Jackson church

Photo: Jenny Mietelka

JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) – It’s called a monstrance, and it’s an important part of the Sacrament of Communion at St. Johns the Evangelist Parish in Jackson.

Now police are looking for the person or persons who broke into the church last Thursday, vandalized the sacristy and stole the monstrance.

monstrance 2 Historic monstrance stolen from Jackson church

According to Father Chas Canoy of St. Johns the thief broke into the church through a door that was being repaired.

The historic monstrance has been a part of the church for so many years no one can remember when it was acquired. “Its great value is more than monetary because of how long it has been in our parish,” said Fr. Canoy.

A monstrance is a large ornamental piece that holds the circular Host during the celebration of Communion mass.

monstrance 3 Historic monstrance stolen from Jackson church

Five years ago the St. John’s monstrance was involved in what was called a miracle when a student saw the image of Jesus Christ in the consecrated Host. The Host was examined by Catholic leaders to determine if it did, in fact, meet the requirements for a miracle.

If you have any information about the stolen monstrance you are asked to contact the Jackson City Police at (517) 788-4100.

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