NY Post- A Maryland priest reportedly threw a grieving family out of church before their mother’s funeral.
Rev. Michael Briese was caught on camera last week in a nasty confrontation with relatives of the late Agnes Hicks at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Charlotte Hall.
The feud began when someone knocked over the church’s sacred chalice before the start of the Wednesday morning service, according to WTTG.
“That’s when all hell broke loose,” Hicks’ daughter, Shanice Chisely, told the news station. “[Briese] literally got on the mic and said, ‘there will be no funeral, there will be no mass, no repass, everyone get the hell out of my church.’”
Briese could be seen in a cellphone video near the casket chastising loved ones over the incident.
The family contacted police who escorted them to a funeral home willing to perform the service.
Relatives, however, were devastated that Hicks’ service was not at the church where she was baptized as a young girl, according to WTTG.
“This was uncalled for and it really hurt me,” her brother, Larry Hicks, told the news station. “It really did, to see your loved one come there to rest and to be shut down like that.”
Source: NY Post