Supporters come to St. Margaret of Scotland to show love for beaten priest

| December 11, 2011

Rick Voris lives in Crestwood now, but he still comes regularly to St. Margaret of Scotland Church, his childhood parish, to listen to the man who baptized one of his daughters and buried both his parents.

Voris, 59, was inside the South Side church again Thursday evening — along with about 300 other people — to show his enduring love for Rev. Dan Mallette, 80, who was brutally beaten Tuesday morning on church property.

“He’s here,” Voris said of Mallette. “He’s not gone anywhere. We feel him here, even though he’s not physically in the church. Spiritually, he’s here.”

In fact, Mallette was recovering at little distance away — in the rectory Thursday — while another priest led the mass in his honor.

The Rev. William Kenneally told the congregation that Mallette is in pain, but “he’s full of vinegar and vigor.”

“He was in pain, but he was very anxious about here and what was going to happen here,” Kenneally said.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, who was married by Mallette, was also at the church Thursday, keeping an eye on his friend.

Meanwhile, a neighboring church is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the two robbers who beat the priest.

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