Bishop Provost to hold reparation service at Prompt Succor

By From staff reports

Parishioners at Our Lady of Prompt Succor and Our Lady of Lasalette, both located in Sulphur, will take part in prayers of

reparation before Masses scheduled later this week, Bishop Glen John Provost of the Diocese of Lake Charles said Sunday.

The prayers will come in the wake of weekend vandalism at both churches that left numerous religious statues destroyed.

At his Sunday morning Mass at the

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Provost asked parishioners there

to pray for parishioners

at the affected churches. After Mass, he told the American Press that the prayers of reparation, which he would lead, would precede Masses at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Prompt Succor

and 8:30 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Lasalette.

Around a dozen statutes were destroyed

at Our Lady of Prompt Succor; perhaps 11 were destroyed or damaged at

Our Lady of Lasalette.

Some statues at Our Lady of Prompt Succor were about 100 years

old, the pastor said. A parishioner at Our Lady of Lasalette

said the crucifix vandalized there was perhaps 80 years old.

“Replacement of these statutes is not easy to find,” Provost said. “The churches have insurance but it doesn’t replace the

sentimental and historic value of the statues. These are momentoes of the history of the parishes.”

Provost compared the destruction to someone burglarizing a home and destroying cherished and irreplaceable family photos.

Provost said prayers would be offered for both parishes, “and for the young fellow who did all the damage, as well.”

Daniel Wayne Duplechin, 35, of Sulphur

was charged in the case with hate crimes, two counts of burglary of a

religious building

and two counts of felony criminal damage to a religious building.

In addition to the damage at the Catholic churches, the

suspect was also accused of shattering glass entry ways at Henning

Memorial United Methodist Church and Sulphur First Baptist

Church; authorities said he did not make entry into either

building.

Sulphur police arrested Duplechin on

Saturday morning outside Our Lady of Lasalette. There, a parishioner who

was in the prayer

room called police after being approached by a person identified

as Duplechin who was toting a sledgehammer. Police said Duplechin

charged an officer outside the church, but was subdued with a

taser and arrested.

Sulphur Police Chief Lewis Coats said Duplechin told authorities “God ordered him to destroy the statues.”

Duplechin was taken to the Sulphur Jail, where he remained Sunday night. Bond was set at $690,000.