Statement Regarding Vandalism at Rosary Cathedral

January 18, 2021

In the early hours of Monday morning a neighbor alerted the police and fire departments of vandalism which took the form of graffiti on the walls and doors and igniting the church doors on fire at the main entrance on Collingwood Boulevard of Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral.  We are alarmed and heartsick by what occurred at the mother church of the Diocese of Toledo, a sacred building, a house of worship and an historical, architectural and spiritual treasure.  
 
We are very grateful for the vigilance of our neighbors and the rapid response of our first responders, and that no one was injured. 
 
As the damage to the Cathedral is assessed, there is an ongoing investigation to determine whether the acts were religious, racial or ethnic in nature and we will continue to cooperate with authorities. If you have any information, please contact the Toledo Police Department. Together with all Catholics, Christians and people of faith we denounce any such acts of vandalism.  
 
Bishop Daniel Thomas expresses his thanks to all the members of the community for their concern and support and requests ongoing prayers for protection, healing and forgiveness.  

Media inquiries can be made to the Communications Office of the Diocese of Toledo.