New York Catholic church feels impact of massive manhunt for escapees

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June 22, 2015

A man pays his respects outside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., June 21. Nine African-Americans were shot to death by a young white man at an evening Bible study inside the church June 17. (CNS photo/Brian Snyder) See TRAGEDY-SHOOTING (UPDATED) June 19, 2015.

A man pays his respects outside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., June 21. Nine African-Americans were shot to death by a young white man at an evening Bible study inside the church June 17. (CNS photo/Brian Snyder)

CADYVILLE, N.Y. (CNS) — Fewer people were filling the pews at St. James Church in the Plattsburgh hamlet of Cadyville after two convicted killers escaped June 6 from the Clinton Correctional Facility.

“We have a lot of parishioners that work in the prison,” Msgr. Lawrence Deno explained. “They had to work overtime.”

And others, as the massive manhunt for David Sweat and Richard Matt moved through field, swamp and forest a short distance away, “couldn’t get to Mass because they were not allowed to leave their homes.”

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