Hate is an ugly emotion and even uglier when acted upon.  There is no other way to describe the vandalism of the church property of St. David the King Parish in West Windsor than to call it a “hate crime,” an intentional act of evil.  I had hoped that our Diocese would be spared the recent hate-filled experiences of other dioceses and churches throughout the country.  Sadly, today’s incidents put an end to that hope.

My heart goes out to Father Timothy Capewell, pastor, to his deacons and staff, and to all the wonderful, loving parishioners of St. David the King parish. Hate-filled vandals have left their temporary mark, an indictment against them and not our parish.  We will restore what has been vandalized and carry on our faith-filled, Christ-centered mission despite them, holding resolutely to the words of St. Paul, “nothing can separate us from the love of God that comes to us in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:39).”

All parishes should be on notice and watchful.  Safety is of paramount importance in these days.

May God forgive those who live by hate and lead their hearts to conversion.

Most Reverend David M. O’Connell, C.M.

Bishop of the Diocese of Trenton