The Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, has announced that a Beaumont church, where a package exploded Thursday, and a school it runs within the compound will remain closed “until further notice.”
“All Saints’ Episcopal School has been evacuated and the (St. Stephen’s Episcopal) church and the school will remain closed until further notice,” the bishop wrote on Facebook, adding that “the FBI is on scene and is currently investigating what happened.”
Early Thursday, a package bomb exploded on the front steps of the church, causing minor damage to its walls and windows.
Doyle said the Rev. Steven Balke, rector of the congregation, has noticed damage to the area. “I give thanks to God that no one was hurt in this incident.”
He added, “Our main concern right now is the pastoral care needs of the congregation and school are met.”
Parents told 12News the school sent them texts saying their children were safe. Parents quickly picked up students from the school, which is behind the church.
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Source: Christian Post