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A vehicle for a parish in Peru

The Diocese of Huancavelica is one of the poorest in Peru. Lying at an altitude of close to 13,000 feet in the Andes mountains, it has 28 parishes ministered to by 49 priests.

The Parish of Acombamba alone includes over 90 villages, with roughly half of the population of a little over 10,000 identifying as Catholic. They live in widely scattered communities, and it is difficult for the 2 priests to reach them in order to minister to them. Practically all the access is via rough, unpaved roads which, in poor weather conditions and at this altitude, makes travel very challenging. During the rainy season, many of the paths are almost impassable. Deep gullies, ruts and stones make many of the journeys difficult and dangerous, and there is no form of public transportation. Father Guido Molina Letona and his assistant priest do have a vehicle, but it is over 12 years old and so worn out by the difficult conditions that it is no longer usable. As a result, the 2 priests have to hitch a ride on local delivery vehicles or sometimes even travel on foot in order to visit the communities.

For many of the people, the understanding and practice of the faith can be limited, even as the 2 priests somehow managing to visit every village at least once a month, celebrating Holy Mass, administering the Sacrament of the sick and preparing people for reception of the sacraments. This close pastoral care is now bearing fruit, and more and more Catholics are returning to the practice of their faith and to the sacraments.

Now in the town itself an average of 200 faithful attend Sunday Mass, while an average of some 150 people attend religious instruction in preparation for Baptism, First Holy Communion and Confirmation. 

With a suitably robust all-terrain vehicle, it would be much easier to minister more consistently and intensively to the Catholic faithful. Since the priests would not have to waste so much time and energy on the road, they would therefore have more time for their pastoral ministry.

We were happy to be able to promise $23,100 for a suitable four-wheel-drive vehicle.

Can you help these priests purchase a vehicle so they can better reach and search the people in Peru?

We are sure they will gratefully remember you in their prayers.

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