No truck for Kevin Mullins
As Columban Fr Kevin Mullins was hearing Confessions outside a University Gymnasium, in Juarez, Mexico, his Chevy pickup was stolen. At the time, there were three thousand married couples attending a Marriage Congress at the Gymnasium and 'nobody saw anything'.
Fr Kevin said that the chances of finding the truck were slim. It is probably in pieces down in México City by now.
Not having the truck is a monumental "pain" to put it mildly. The roads are poor here and I am always using the 4 wheel drive function.
We use the vehicle, and have done for the last 10 years for our Street Ministry of public Masses and Prayer meetings. The truck is used at times to take sick babies and the elderly to hospital. It is not a luxury vehicle but rather a pragmatic vehicle for our terrain and pastoral needs.
Fortunately, I have the use of a small low slung car which is less than ideal in the sand, and grinds over the boulders with alarming frequency. The Ford Focus of Pope Francis wouldn't last a month here, Fr Kevin quipped.
Fr Kevin said that he may receive some insurance for the truck but it is a mind numbing process! In the meantime, any assistance will be gratefully received.
Fr Kevin Mullins SSC has worked for many years in Juarez, Mexico, one of the most dangerous cities in the world. It was previously referred to as Murder City.