NORTH MANKATO — A handmade chalice, given as a gift to the new priest at Holy Rosary Catholic Church more than a decade ago, is missing and police are hoping someone can help find it.
The sterling silver chalice cost about $2,000 when it was purchased for Rev. Peter Nosbush in 2000. Kurt Evans, the church’s maintenance supervisor, said it’s likely worth twice that amount now.
“I would have no idea where to even start to work on that part of it,” he said. “Silver has gone up drastically during the past five years.”
Evans said he’s certain the chalice was at the church Friday. He and several other people were at the church Saturday morning installing a cabinet. Evans doesn’t remember seeing the chalice then, but his adult daughter said she is sure she saw it.
The doors were locked after they finished the cabinet work around noon and not opened again until Nosbush was there around 4 p.m. to prepare for the Saturday afternoon Mass. The people providing the music for the service started arriving a while later to prepare for the 5:30 p.m. service.
“There is no way anybody would have been able to take it by this point,” Evans said.
He suspects it was taken sometime between 4 p.m. and when the music people started to arrive. Nosbush realized it was gone when he went to serve communion during the Saturday service.
The chalice is about 7 inches tall and has an onyx stone ring, which is pink or rose in color, around the lower stem of the cup. There is a single cross etched on it.
“It’s something that is irreplaceable because the person who made it died,” Evans said. “Father Nosbush is not happy about it. The worst of it is he was celebrating his 43rd anniversary in the priesthood last weekend and that happened.”