The Rev. Jerry Bruggeman's chalice was stolen and buried before being returned by a man who found it at an antique store. The Rev. Jerry Bruggeman wept the other day when he saw his golden chalice.
It was stolen 22 years ago. Bruggeman, of Colorado Springs, Colo., was given the chalice, engraved with his name, on the day of his ordination in 1949. He used it for 40 years during the Eucharist until it was taken from a cabinet of chalices at Corpus Christi Catholic Church.
The chalice was returned to him earlier this month, and after some refurbishing, it looks nearly as good as new. 'Miracles still happen,' Bruggeman, 87, said.