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Success Story: A Moped for Pastoral Work

Father Maria Raju Etcherla was ordained just three years ago. Now, he is in charge of the parish of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus in Rajam, located in the north of the state of Andhra Pradesh in central eastern India. He is responsible for ministering to its 11 out-stations, some of which are of a considerable distance from the parish centre. Every day he travels to one of these villages.

The people of the region are poor, but strong in faith. They long to have a priest to lead them in prayer and guide them in their spiritual lives. This young priest has many plans. Mainly for the youth apostolate, very dear to his heart, since these young people are often left to themselves with their problems. “Many of them only have film stars as their role models,” says Father Maria. They need youth groups, prayer meetings, women’s groups… All these and much more are the kinds of things this young priest would like to introduce to the youth in his parish.

More Time With Parishioners

Until recently, Father Maria’s work was difficult because he had no vehicle. Although he was occasionally able to borrow one, he had to make due with the public transit system which involved a great deal of wasted time and effort. So, with the support of his bishop, he finally decided to knock on our door and ask our help to purchase a moped.

Thanks to your kindness, we did not have to disappoint Father Maria Raju Etcherla, but were able to help him with a contribution of $1,500.

Now he writes: “I am so happy and grateful. I have received the money and have purchased a moped for my pastoral work. I’m delighted with it and thank you for your generosity. I assure all your benefactors of my prayers. Please pray for me also for my work as a priest!”

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