Austin said that when he watched a surveillance video of the vandalism, he doubted that the vandals knew that they were even attacking a church, and that he suspected they were "breaking things to break things."
"I looked in their eyes and I thought, 'wow, they don't even know.' Just the smile that was there, that this was a good thing," he said.
Three windows at the front of the chapel were shattered, and the chapel was boarded up as a result.
"These panes of glass are nothing," said Austin. "Glass breaks all the time, sadly. But last week, Mr. George Floyd's life was taken. It was taken by a man who did not respect it."
Austin added that he believed the "vast, vast majority" of people throughout the country were "not rising up for something bad, but for something good." He urged everyone to "stand for true peace," and offered prayers for Floyd, his family, and others who lost their lives to "horrific acts, especially at the hands of authorities."
The Daughters of St. Paul bookstore in Chicago was similarly damaged by rocks, and would-be looters entered the store early on Sunday morning. Earlier in the day, the Blessed Sacrament was removed from the tabernacle in the bookstore's chapel and the sisters sequestered themselves upstairs.
None of the sisters were injured, and upon doing a review of inventory, found that nothing had been stolen.
The rectory of the Cathedral of the Assumption in Louisville suffered damage due to rocks thrown by protestors. Three windows were shattered late Friday evening, and the cathedral proceeded to preemptively board up all other windows to prevent further damage.
Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, who resides at the damaged rectory along with another priest, has spoken out in favor of peaceful protests and condemned "senseless violence" in the city.
In Minneapolis, where the protests began, St. Mary's Basilica--the first basilica in the United States--sustained minor damage during protests on May 29. A fire was lit underneath a pew, but it did not spread beyond that pew.
"The Basilica of Saint Mary did withstand minor damage yesterday. No one was injured in the incident. At the time we pray for peace and healing in our city," a spokesperson for the basilica said in a statement issued May 30. The basilica is the co-cathedral of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
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In Los Angeles, the Our Lady of Mt. Lebanon-St. Peter Cathedral, the Maronite cathedral for the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon, was vandalized with anti-police messages during the protests and riots.
On Monday, the cathedral shared a video of people painting over the graffiti.
"Peace to all !! Our Cathedral is shining again," wrote the church on Facebook.