For the second time in the past year, Georgetown University’s Dahlgren Chapel has been vandalized. The latest incident involved an attack by vandals overnight on April 13. Chairs, the organ mirror, and the Crucifix were damaged during the attack. Christ’s left hand was broken off the Chapel’s Crucifix.
The vandalism was reported around 10 a.m. Sunday morning to the Department of Public Safety, forcing the relocation of Mass to St. William’s Chapel in Copley Hall. Once the damage was cleared, Masses resumed in the Dahlgren Chapel at 5 p.m.
University President John J. DeGioia sent an email to the Georgetown community on Sunday. He wrote:
I must underscore that acts of vandalism, especially of sacred places, have no place in our campus community. As a Catholic and Jesuit university, we are committed to fostering a community that is welcoming to people of all religions, races and ethnicities and that values understanding, inclusion and respect.
Last May, the steps of Dahlgren Chapel were littered with condom wrappers and cups of alcohol. The Hoya reported that upperclassmen of the female club volleyball team admitted to the incident.
“It’s very disheartening,” said sophomore Chris Cannataro, an accounting major/theology minor who serves as Deputy Grand Knight with the Georgetown University Knights of Columbus. “The University is putting measures in place to ensure the safety of the sacred space. I went to confession on Monday night and there was a University police officer in front of the chapel.”
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