CNA Staff, Nov 20, 2020 / 14:00 pm
A deacon who was stabbed outside a Michigan church this month is recovering in a rehabilitation hospital, the Diocese of Kalamazoo reported this week.
"We're happy to share that Deacon Joe Schmitt is doing well. He's been released from the hospital and working with rehabilitation services to work on improvement in strength and endurance. We're grateful for all those who have prayed for Deacon Joe and his wife Becky and we continue to hold him in prayer for continued healing," the diocese said in a statement released Nov. 17.
Schmitt, 71, was stabbed multiple times Nov. 5 outside St. Mary's Church in Kalamazoo.
The deacon, who is assigned to a different parish, went to St. Mary's the evening of Nov. 5 for a Mass. But according to his wife, he had gotten the date of the Mass wrong, and there was no one at the parish when he arrived.