By Gregory Lemos and Brian Ries
(CNN) A church in Houston has canceled mass indefinitely after one of its priests died and five others subsequently tested positive for the coronavirus.
The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston confirmed the death of Father Donnell Kirchner, a 79-year-old priest who worked at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, according to a statement issued Monday by the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.
It’s unknown what specifically caused the priest’s May 13 death, the Archdiocese said, and “it is not clear” if Kirchner had been tested for Covid-19. But within the following week, five others he lived with tested positive for the virus.
Mass was canceled indefinitely.