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CATHEDRAL PRIEST: “I MIGHT BE A CLERGYMAN BUT I AM NOT A DOORMAT”

31 Jul

HE THREATENED TO BEAT THE PRIEST ‘TO A PULP’

“A Wrexham priest has said that he forgives the intruder who attacked him in his home.

Fr Simon Treloar, the dean of St Mary’s Catholic Cathedral in Wrexham, spoke of forgiveness after his attacker was sentenced to a year in jail.

HE TURNED UP AT THE PRIEST’S HOME

Jason Haynes, a 32-year-old man had turned up at the priest’s, having just been released from prison that day, and demanded money. Fr Treloar refused and so Hayes threatened to beat the priest ‘to a pulp’ before there was a struggle as he attempted to assault him.

Fr Treloar managed to grab Haynes by the throat and push him out of the door before calling the emergency services.

This week Fr Treloar said: ‘He forced his way into the doorway but I was not having any of it.

‘I might be a clergyman but I am not a doormat. Of course I forgive him.'”

WHEN HE OPENED HIS CATHEDRAL DOOR, A MAN TRIED TO HIT HIM WITH A SMASHED VODKA BOTTLE

“The 53-year-old priest was confronted by another attacker on the cathedral premises last year.

When he opened his cathedral door there was a man holding a smashed vodka bottle who immediately tried to hit the priest with the broken glass.

NARROW ESCAPE

Again the priest had a narrow escape as he grabbed his attacker’s wrist and pushed him away.

Steven Barry Ellis, 45, of Bodlyn, Acrefair, was jailed last September after he admitted attempting to wound Fr Treloar with intent to cause him grievous bodily harm and possessing an offensive weapon.

‘YOU JUST HAVE TO DEAL WITH WHAT YOU ARE CONFRONTED WITH’

Fr Treloar told the ‘Daily Mail’: ‘You just have to deal with what you are confronted with. Yes, there was a slight sense of deja vu but it is important to be calm.

‘My biggest concern was thinking what if this had happened to someone else.’

‘WHAT IF THIS HAPPENED TO SOMEONE ELSE?’

Fr Treloar said: ‘I am happy to keep serving the community in Wrexham as long as my bishop wants me to.

‘SERVING … AS LONG AS MY BISHOP WANTS ME TO’

‘The vast majority of people here are very welcoming,’ the priest said. ‘I can’t stop living just because of a couple of idiots.'”
– This article was published in “The Catholic Herald” issue July 11 2014. For subscriptions please visit http://www.catholicherald.co.uk (external link).

 

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