The Catholic Priest was left badly shaken after robbers broke into the Catholic Church, before he was forced into the adjoining parochial house and threatened with a hammer.
Councillor Andrew Muir said: “I must condemn this sickening attack which targeted a local priest last night. It is absolutely disgraceful behaviour and the perpetrators must be caught and punished by law.
“People should be free to go about their daily business without the fear of being attacked in their place of work. The victim is in my thoughts and I have already called with him this morning to offer support.
“To target a Priest in a place of worship is an absolutely deplorable act and one which will deeply affect the entire congregation.
“I would call on those with any information on this attack to contact the police as soon as possible.”