JOURNEY WITH ACN is  our weekly newsletter regularly posted to our blog and designed to acquaint you with the needs of the Catholic Church around the world – and various projects we have helped to bring into being together with ACN benefactors.

This week :  Kenya


“We can only celebrate Mass here once every three months”

By ACN International
Adapted by ACN Canada
A car for the pastoral work in the Catholic parish of Mbara in KitaleThe parish of Christ the King in Mbara is one of 28 parishes in the diocese of Kitale. It is extremely isolated and can only be reached by rough tracks, since there are no properly constructed roads. In fact, in bad weather it is impossible to navigate these roads safely – a fact that Father Bertrand knows only too well.

The infrastructure in Mbara is inadequate, to say the least. “There is no healthcare provision, no communications network, no road system and no electricity. All the villagers depend on the priest for their basic necessities. It takes me four hours to reach the town. Only a vehicle with four-wheel-drive can cope with the steep track leading to the town,” writes Father Bertrand W Kundu, the parish priest in a letter to ACN.

© Aid to the Church in Need
© Aid to the Church in Need

For the moment, Father Bertrand uses a small Japanese car that has already seen many years of service. His is actually the only car that can be found anywhere around! Mbara has a population of 15,000 – and not one of them has a car! Only once every three months do the 2,000 Catholics in the town have the privilege of attending Holy Mass because it is so difficult for Father Bertrand to get to them. He is also very much involved in the important peace work of the Catholic Church in Kenya, which has set up a network with other parishes close to the border, in Uganda, Sudan and Ethiopia.

© Aid to the Church in Need
© Aid to the Church in Need

ACN is hoping to help Father Bertrand with a contribution of $32,450 in order to provide him with a strong, solid and reliable vehicle so he can reach the faithful and share the Good News!

Our question is: Can you help us, help him?


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