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Security threat closes Denver Episcopal Cathedral

Security threat closes Denver Episcopal Cathedral

UPDATED:

From the Bishop’s Office via KDVR-TV:

“Unfortunately, these situations do occasionally arise, and we feel a responsibility to take necessary measures to keep our staff and the public safe,” said Larry Hitt, Chancellor for the Diocese of Colorado. “All those involved are in our prayers, and we will work to return to business as usual as soon as possible.”


The offices of the bishop confirmed the cathedral would be closed Wednesday, and that all services and activities would also be canceled until further notice.

From the Denver Post:

Threats against Denver’s St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral led to its closure and cancellation of church events Tuesday and Wednesday, Denver police said.

“The church has received credible threats and has made the decision to cancel events both last night and today,” Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson told The Denver Post at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. “It is an active investigation and no further information will be released at this time.”

Full press release beneath the fold:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nov. 13, 2013

Based on security concerns, the Office of the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado made the difficult decision today to close its offices and advise staff to stay home, out of an abundance of caution for the safety of its staff and the general public.

The Bishop’s office has been cooperating with the Denver Police Department and, pursuant to its request, is referring all media inquiries to the Police Department.

The Bishop has also been in conversation with the clergy and staff at Saint John’s Cathedral, whose campus the Bishop’s office shares. The Cathedral is also closed today and has canceled all services and activities until further notice, based on the same concern about security. On Tuesday night, the Office of the Bishop notified diocesan clergy and advised them to remain vigilant and take necessary precautions at churches, particularly in the Denver metro area.

“Unfortunately, these situations do occasionally arise, and we feel a responsibility to take necessary measures to keep our staff and the public safe,” said Larry Hitt, Chancellor for the Diocese of Colorado. “All those involved are in our prayers, and we will work to return to business as usual as soon as possible.”

During this closure, the Office of the Bishop and Saint John’s Cathedral are working to put appropriate security measures and personnel in place, again, out of an abundance of caution.

Beckett Stokes

Director of Communications

The Episcopal Diocese of Colorado

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Kyrie eleison! Lord, protect your servants...

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