Montreal, Canada, Mar 23, 2019 / 14:19 pm
Father Claude Grou is out of the hospital and grateful for the groundswell of support he received after he was stabbed by an assailant while celebrating a televised Mass at St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal Friday morning.
The 77-year-old priest said in a statement that the words of support he had received “warm my heart and allow me to contemplate these difficult moments peacefully.” He said he was in good health and still processing the Friday attack, CBC News reports.
Celine Barbeau, a spokesperson for the oratory, said the priest will grudgingly take a few days’ break.
Though he needs a few days, he is in “a very good state of mind,” said Barbeau.
“And actually he’s eager to go back to work. We have to hold him back,” said the spokesperson.
Grou was standing behind the altar for daily Mass with about 60 congregants in the oratory’s Crypt Church when he was rushed by a man in a baseball cap, who stabbed him.
The church security team quickly detained the attacker, BBC News reports. The incident was broadcast live.
Authorities detained a 26-year-old suspect they said is known to police.