For twenty years, the Redemptorists have been ministering to the Catholic Parish of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the western Siberian city of Kemerovo. The three priests are assisted by four religious Sisters of the Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit. The parish is very active: Holy Mass is celebrated every day, Eucharistic …
Many settlements of the indigenous peoples can only be reached by boat. The parish doesn't have a boat, so it can be very difficult to visit the families, celebrate the Liturgy in their chapels, provide religious instruction and generally be with the people pastorally.
Archbishop René Salinas would like to be a good shepherd to his people, but if he is to support them, he must first be able to reach them. His ancient vehicle is now in a very poor state and cannot cope with the often catastrophic road conditions. The repair costs are constantly mounting and are a great burden for the archdiocese. The bishop urgently needs a new, sturdy and reliable vehicle, so that he can go out to the people where they are.