Incident at Immaculate Conception in Rushville
Sunday, April 14, 2019, I learned of the frightening incident that occurred at Immaculate Conception Church in Rushville. Palm Sunday services were interrupted when a man fleeing authorities entered the gathering area of the church, and was shot by law enforcement officials. Gratefully no one at Mass was injured. Tragically, however, Clarence Leading Fighter, the suspect, died.
I want to extend the assurance of my prayers and affection to Father Joseph K. Joseph, pastor of Immaculate Conception Church, to all who were present at the time of this incident and to those who have been affected by this most disturbing event. I offer my sincere thanks to the law enforcement officials who acted swiftly to protect the people attending Mass.
With fatherly affection I will meet and pray with the people of Immaculate Conception parish on Wednesday, April 17 at 6 p.m. in the church basement. Following the meeting, I will offer a Mass at 6:30 p.m. and bless the Church.
I am most grateful to the priests of our diocese for their support for Father Joseph and the people of his parish. I also want to recognize and thank the lay faithful across our diocese for their prayers and concern and thank all who have responded with such loving concern for the people of Immaculate Conception Parish. Let us be evermore united in Christ who is our Hope!
Most Reverend Joseph G. Hanefeldt
Bishop of Grand Island