A group of elderly women who attend a central Edmonton church are being praised after they used their canes to fight off a man who attacked their priest.
At around 8 p.m. on March 13, evening mass had just let out at Our Lady Queen of Poland Parish on 99 Street and 83 Avenue.
At the end of the service, police said the priest was saying goodbye to members of the church when he was randomly attacked by an unknown man.
“He noticed a young man who he didn’t recognize and asked him, ‘Do you speak Polish?’ And the guy said no,” explained Lorraine Turchansky, chief communications officer with the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton.
That’s when the group of women jumped into action.
“They were quite perturbed by this and shocked, really,” Turchansky said.
“They were older women so they’re not the kind of people who would whip out a cellphone and take a video or call 911. They did what they could and they had canes. They started striking the guy with their canes.”
Turchansky said the women also tried to pull the man off Father Marcin Mironiuk, and that’s when the suspect fled the scene.
The father, meanwhile, was shaken by the incident but is OK, Turchansky said.
“Father is doing alright; he’s totally recovered. He was certainly traumatized, he didn’t want to sleep in his own rectory that night so he went to a friend’s,” Turchansky said.
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